Queen guitarist rocks RAF Cranwell

Brian May performs at RAF Cranwell. Photo: Sarah Rushton.

Brian May performs at RAF Cranwell. Photo: Sarah Rushton.

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ICONIC guitarist Brian May played an unforgettable show at RAF Cranwell on Saturday night in aid of the RAF Benevolent Fund.

The Queen guitarist, joined by West End singer Kerry Ellis, agreed to add an extra date to their Anthems tour to support the charity because of May’s family connection with the training college - his parents met at Cranwell.

Thousands of people were allowed on to the normally pristine lawn known as The Orange, directly in front of the college building, for the concert.

Before the start of the music, the crowd was entertained by the spectacular flying of the Blades display team and a flypast by one of the King Air planes, whose pilots train at the college.

In the first half of the show there was music from the Band of the Royal Air Force College, conducted by Flt Lt Matt Little.

The band was joined by singer Kerry Ellis for the songs Wind Beneath My Wings and No One But You, and also performed a selection of film music, military marches and folk pieces.

The climax of the show came in the second half, when headline act Brian May and Kerry Ellis and their band played songs from their Anthems tour.

The crowd - which included a large number of Queen fanatics - was entertained by a spectacular show comprising Queen classics and new songs.

A massive firework display brought the concert to a close.

l To make a donation to the RAF Benevolent Fund, visit www.rafbf.org