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Queen legend to play gig at air base where parents fell in love
DON’T stop him now – Queen superstar Brian May is set to rock you with a gig at the Lincolnshire air base where his parents fell in love.
The legendary guitarist and songwriter will take to the stage for the Anthems in the Park concert at RAF Cranwell, where his parents first met after his father joined the Royal Air Force when war broke out in 1939.
He will top the bill alongside West End and Broadway star Kerry Ellis, who joined May on a touring stage show called Anthems.
The show will be held outside the historic College Hall on Saturday, July 16.
The rock legend said: “My dad was a radio operator and navigator. He flew in Beaufighters and Mosquitoes."
“He did not like talking about his actual experiences, except when people wanted to know about the aeroplanes themselves, which he loved. I have some pictures of them that he left to me – one in particular of a Beaufighter which was his home for a while."
“He met my mum, Ruth Fletcher, in the RAF. Ruth was a dental orderly in the WRAF and I believe it was at Cranwell that they met. As soon as the war was over, they got married and soon I was on the way."
“My dad got his commission just before he was demobbed. I believe it was something he cherished and had worked very hard for. He had a family on the way.”
Organisers are remaining tightlipped about what songs will be performed at the concert, but say the pair will be backed up with performances from the Band of the Royal Air Force College Cranwell, as well as the Salon Orchestra of the Central Band of the Royal Air Force.
There could also be an air display topped off with fireworks to end the show.
The event has been organised by a team of volunteers to raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund, which provides support to serving and former members of the RAF, as well as their partners and dependants.
The first outdoor concert took place in summer 2009 with the New Zealand singer Hayley Westenra. Station Commander Group Captain Dave Waddington said: “I’m very grateful to both Brian May and Kerry Ellis for making what would otherwise be an enjoyable event into a truly outstanding and memorable one.”
Child ticket (5-17) £15
Under 5s free
Family ticket (2 Adults and 2 Children 5-17) £65
Gates will open at 4.30 p.m., there will be a fly past at 7.10 p.m. and the concert will start at 7.30 p.m. Concert goers are asked to provide their own seating and for those who do not wish to bring picnics there will be a number of food and drink concessions available on the night including champagne, Pimms and beer tents as well as a hog roast and ice cream vendors.