A BRITISH International Tattoo concert which will raise money for a forces charity is to take place in Wrexham next month.

The concert, called The British International Tattoo - In Concert - A Slice of The British Isles, will take place at Coleg Cambria on Grove Park Road on Saturday, October 2.

Amongst the performers will be Rhos Male Voice Choir, the Band and Drums of the Cheshire Constabulary and Irish dancers and Morris dancers.

Tickets are now on sale, with proceeds going to The Not Forgotten charity, which provides support for wounded service personnel and disabled veterans.

The event, which is being sponsored by businesses such as regional water firm, United Utilities, will also feature performers from The British International Pipes and Drums accompanied by Highland dancer Claire Harvey, China Spirit with a Chinese Lion Dance, along with Kung Fu and Tai Chi, the Emma May School of Irish Dance and the Mersey Morris Men.

The Band of Drums of the Cheshire Constabulary will be performing Songs of Victory, which is described as a musical journey from the First World War through to the present day.

The concert will conclude with a finale featuring Auld Lang Syne and Land of Hope and Glory.

Exciting show

Show producer, Gareth Butler, said: “I’m delighted that, despite the difficulties we have all faced over the past 18 months, we are still in a position to be able to stage a show that will serve as an exciting introduction to what we have planned for our full tattoo in 2022.

“I am immensely proud of our cast and crew and, by supporting our concert, you will be allowing our wonderful dancers, singers, bands and choirs to do what they do best, showing off the skills that they have been forced to keep under wraps due to the pandemic.

“This time 12 months ago we could not have dreamed of staging such an event but with the support of our cast, our main event sponsors, United Utilities, our individual act sponsorship and, in line with the latest government guidelines, we have finally reached a stage where we can showcase The British International Tattoo – In Concert. A Slice of The British Isles."

Chief Executive of The Not Forgotten, Brigadier James Stopford said: “We are delighted that The British International Tattoo – In Concert - has chosen to support The Not Forgotten and we very much look forward to being a part of this celebration.”

Richard Waggitt, Head of United Utilities’ Armed Forces Network, commented: “As a very forces friendly company, that recognises the value of the military style ethos and camaraderie, I am pleased we are able to sponsor the Military Tattoo Concert and bring together a programme to provide some light and enjoyment at the end of what has been a challenging 18 months for everybody.”

The event will also include a business trade exhibition area. Tickets can be obtained by visiting https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/british-international-tattoo-in-concert-a-slice-of-the-british-isles. or calling 0333 666 3366. The doors open at 6.30pm on October 2. More information can also be found at facebook.com/thebritishinternationaltattoo, ceremonialnews.co.uk/thebritishinternationaltattoo or by emailing britishinternationaltattoo@mail.com.

There's also the option to book pre-concert dining at Coleg Cambria's ial restaurant. For more information on this call 01978 548818 or visit https://www.ialrestaurant.co.uk.