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Scarborough Spa Orchestra To Perform At Peasholm Park for Armed Forces Day

Spa Orchestra’s annual gala evening in Peasholm Park

Set mid-way between the VE Day and VJ Day 70th anniversary commemorations, the Spa Orchestra’s annual gala evening in Peasholm Park will this year take on a wartime theme to herald Scarborough’s Armed Forces Weekend.

Friday 26th June will see the orchestra members take to the giant swan to make the voyage from the boat deck to the bandstand in the lake and present a programme of music from the war years.

Popular Musical Director Paul Laidlaw will lead the orchestra in performances of great wartime movie themes such as The Dambusters and The Bridge on the River Kwai.  Glenn Miller and the dance bands kept up everyone’s spirits in those days, so there’ll be plenty of toe-tapping moments, and even perhaps chances to dance on the banks of the lake.

The great stars of that era entertained both the troops abroad and the folk back home through their personal appearances and their radio broadcasts.  The songs of Gracie Fields and the Forces' Sweetheart Vera Lynn will feature prominently during the evening’s concert.  Community singing was a great morale booster in the war years, and everyone in the audience will be able to join in with well-known songs.

The Spa Orchestra's star guest singer will be the wonderful Marilyn Hill Smith.  From the Royal Albert Hall to the Hollywood Bowl, Marilyn has delighted audiences all over the world and has been a particular favourite on BBC Radio 2 with over 100 appearances on Friday Night is Music Night.

The whole evening will end in true patriotic style with a last night of the proms finale and a spectacular firework display, so don’t forget your Union Flag for a very special evening’s entertainment!

Tickets for the Spa Orchestra Peasholm Park Concert are priced at £15 per adult, £13 per concession with children free with a paying adult. Tickets are available from The Spa’s Box Office (01723) 821888 and via

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