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RAF band mark centenary year with stirring sounds at Diss concert

PUBLISHED: 11:32 10 September 2018 | UPDATED: 11:32 10 September 2018

The RAF Honington band will be marking 100 years of the RAF with a concert at Diss Corn Hall. Picture: RAF Honington

The RAF Honington band will be marking 100 years of the RAF with a concert at Diss Corn Hall. Picture: RAF Honington

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On 1 April 1918, the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service merged to create the Royal Air Force. There have been many events to mark this centenary year of the RAF formation and the latest will see a big band concert in Diss.

The RAF Honington band performed at the RAF centenary celebrations in London in June. Picture: RAF HoningtonThe RAF Honington band performed at the RAF centenary celebrations in London in June. Picture: RAF Honington

Diss Royal Air Force Association is hosting RAF Big Band Concert, a special evening featuring the stirring sounds of The RAF Honington Band.

The band is one of nine bands co-ordinated by the RAF Voluntary Bands Association and was formed in 1989, its primary role being to provide music for ceremonial and social occasions at RAF Honington.

Musicians are a mix of personal serving in the RAF, or another of the Armed Services, and civilians, but they all have one overwhelming thing in common: an enthusiasm to make music.

The concert at Diss Corn Hall on September 15 will see them play well known favourites such as 633 Squadron, The Battle of Britain March, The Dambusters, Aces High and The Royal Air Force March past.

All proceeds from the night will go to the RAF Wings Appeal Charity

RAF Honington in Suffolk is the home of RAF Force Protection including three front-line RAF Regiment field squadrons and several operational and specialist units, including a specialist RAF Police Wing, and an RAF Regiment unit with responsibility for countering threats from chemical, biological and radiological hazards.

Honington were among the RAF bands that performed at the national RAF 100 celebrations events in London in June.

• RAF Big Band in Concert is at Diss Corn Hall on September 15, 7.30pm, £10, 01379 652241, disscornhall.co.uk

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