Concert in aid of soldiers’ charity

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Musicians from the Royal Irish Regiment will return to the Waterfront Hall next Saturday (May 7) for a fundraising concert in aid of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, which has its Northern Ireland headquarters at Thiepval Barracks in Lisburn.

The concert will also be commemorating the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme, the most bloody battle in the First World War, which claimed the lives of many men from the Lisburn area.

As well as music from the Band, Bugles, Pipes and Drums of the Royal Irish Regiment, there will be a host of special guests on the night to provide plenty of entertainment for the audience, including song, dance and comedy.

The Band of the Royal Irish Regiment will be joined by an impressive array of local talent: Fermanagh Funnyman Gary Wilson, Edward Craig and The Grosvenor Choir, The Johnston Highland Dancers, soloist Willie Donald and soprano Alice Johnston.

Together they form an imposing group of professionals, who command a huge following of supporters.

The concert will be hosted by Paul Clark from UTV who will recount tales of heroism and sacrifice of the soldiers of the 36th (Ulster) Division.

Bandmaster Warrant Officer 1 Richard Douglas explained: “I think the public will be very happy with the show’s content.

“As well as old favourites from the Band, Bugles, Pipes and Drums of the Royal Irish Regiment, we will be joined by Dancers and Pipers from the Ulster-Scots Agency plus the Pipes and Drums from Holywood based 1 SCOTS.”

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity was established in 1944 and gives a lifetime of support to soldiers and former soldiers from the British Army, and their immediate families, when they are in need.

Lovers of song and dance can reserve their tickets by calling the Waterfront Box Office 028 90 334455. VIP tickets are also available by contacting ABF The Soldiers’ Charity on on 028 92 678112.