Despite the downpours, over 4,500 people descended on RAF College Cranwell on Saturday for an unforgettable night of entertainment.
The RAF Benevolent Fund’s Anthems in the Park concert transported audiences back in time, telling the dramatic story of an RAF Bomber Command crew in Lincolnshire in 1943, before returning to the present day.
Headlining the event was Britain’s Got Talent finalists Jonathan and Charlotte, who performed a number of songs including Caruso and Everybody Hurts.
Accompanying the duo was the Band of the RAF College, the Red Arrow’s own mezzo soprano Squadron Leader, Ruth Shackleton, and a special appearance from seven Bomber Command veterans.
Entertaining the crowds picnicking were the Red Arrows, the Cranwell Military Wives Choir, a Hunter aircraft, top London youth performers ‘West End Kids’ and four singers selected through a Sainsbury’s competition.
The concert culminated in a spectacular Proms-style firework finale.
Rachel Huxford, of the RAF Benevolent Fund, said the Bomber Command veterans, who told their stories, got the loudest cheer of the evening.