A Royal visitor will attend a special concert at the Queen s Theatre, Barnstaple, next month.. The Duke of Gloucester will be attending the Festival of Remembrance Concert, in aid of ABF The Soldiers Charity and the Royal British Legion, on Sunday, Oct

A Royal visitor will attend a special concert at the Queen's Theatre, Barnstaple, next month..

The Duke of Gloucester will be attending the Festival of Remembrance Concert, in aid of ABF The Soldiers' Charity and the Royal British Legion, on Sunday, October. 31.

The concert, which was first staged in 1995 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of VE and VJ day, will feature the Band of The Prince of Wales's Division, which has played at homecomings and medal parades, as well as performing in front of the HM The Queen.

The Barnstaple Youth Marching Band, which currently leads the Remembrance Parade in the town, will be also be taking to the stage, along with the North Devon Pipes and Drums and the Barnstaple Ladies' Choir.

It has been billed as a night of memorable military, highland and choral music, a service and act of remembrance, including North Devon's own Last Night including Rule Britannia and Land of Hope & Glory.

The Soldiers' Charity Devon Chairman, Brigadier Christopher Lunn, said: "It is wonderful that Barnstaple will host a Royal visitor for such a special Soldiers' Charity and Royal British Legion event. We are honoured that the Festival will be in the presence of HRH The Duke of Gloucester.

"His visit is not only an acknowledgement of the important work that both charities do in providing help and support to former and serving Service personnel and their families, but it is also a recognition of the hard work and effort that the organisers have put into this event for the last 16 years.

"I have no doubt it will be another triumph this year, raising much-needed funded for ABF The Soldiers' Charity and the Royal British Legion," Brigadier Lunn added.

For the last two years, The Soldiers' Charity has seen a 30 per cent rise in people seeking its help. It expects this to increase with the continuing operations in Afghanistan and this event is one of many ways the charity is seeking to raise funds from the business community, groups of colleagues, networks of friends and individuals alike to support its vital work with our troops.

The average grant The Soldiers' Charity makes is approximately £800 and goes towards a wide range of projects, including adaptation of houses or cars for those injured on operations, and giving money to partner charities. To find out more about how we make a difference visit www.soldierscharity.org

Tickets for the event are now on sale, priced from £11. For more information or to buy tickets, go to www.northdevontheatres.org.uk or call (01271) 324242.

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