Spectacular Spitfire Proms come to Grantham next weekend

This year's Belton Spitfire Proms promise to be spectacular.

This year's Belton Spitfire Proms promise to be spectacular.

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THE National Trust’s Belton Spitfire Proms, featuring the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, is coming to Grantham next weekend (June 16).

This year’s event will also feature the RAF Regiment Band, a Spitfire from the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the Blades Light Aircraft.

The event will open with a parade by the RAF Regiment Band. Then, as the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra take to the stage, the audience will watch enthralled as a World War II Spitfire from the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight conducts a thrilling fly-past and aerobatic display.

The Concert will star John Rigby as conductor and Mexican tenor Jesús León as soloist.

It will include well known operatic arias including O Sole Mio and Nessun Dorma as well as traditional Last Night of the Proms favourites 1812 Overture, Jerusalem, Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory.

During the interval The Blades four Extra 300 lightweight aerobatic aircraft will take to the skies to perform an exhilarating close-formation display.

This will be followed by a charity auction to win passenger flights with The Blades in aid of the Royal Air Forces Association’s Wings Appeal.

Interval entertainment will be provided by RAF Regiment Band.

The evening will conclude with a crescendo of musical magic accompanied by a firework fiesta.

The event takes place on Saturday June 16 at 7pm.

Tickets to the event cost £29 (adult), £20 (child) and £98 (family) in advance or £34, £25 and £118 on the gate.

Group rates of buy ten tickets and get one free are also available. Under fives are free.

There is no dedicated seating at the event, so people should bring their own picnic rugs, blankets or chairs and while food and drink will be on sale, people are more than welcome to bring their own picnics. However, there are strict rules and restrictions with regards to umbrellas, gazebos and BBQs etc.

Tickets are on sale from Belton House on 01476 566116, Grantham Guildhall on 01476 406158 or at www.belton-proms.org.uk