New Bicester battle proms honours town garrison

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ONE of the country’s finest military bands is set to play at a new battle proms event in Garth Park on September 3.

The Band of the Royal Logistic Corps will bring along its famous corps of drums for the battle proms, which is being held as a show of support for the town garrison. Proceeds will go to the injured soldiers’ charity Help for Heroes.

Although a proms concert has long been the traditional conclusion to Bicester’s summer programme, this year’s event will be bigger than ever with a spectacular firework finale.

Councillor Rose Stratford, Bicester Town Mayor, said: “Many of us are going through tough times in different ways, but none of us go through the stress and trauma that our service folk and their loved ones go through, not knowing if they are coming back to you or how badly they will be injured in body or mind.”

She asked all residents to show their gratitude by supporting the battle proms.

Colonel Angus Mathie, commander of Bicester Garrison, said: “As a long-serving Army logistician, I am particularly delighted that the Band of the Royal Logistic Corps is headlining the event and I’m sure they will give everyone a very special night to remember.”

BBC presenter and celebrity auctioneer Charlie Ross, of Antiques Roadshow and Flog It! fame, will be master of ceremonies on the evening.

Town businesses, including one major sponsor, have generously supported the event to allow it to run at a low cost. The sponsorship means all profit from ticket sales can go directly to Help for Heroes.

Most facilities and equipment are also being loaned free of charge.

Tickets are now on sale from Bicester Town Council, priced £10. Children under the age of 12 enter for free,

Gates open at 6.30pm, and the band starts at 7.30pm.

Contact Bicester Town Council on 01869 252915 for bookings and more information.