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The latest upcoming band from the John Kyrle High School, 'Chasing Charlie' will be putting in an appearance at the special Armed Forces Day Concert at the Larruperz Centre on Friday, 26th June. The band, comprising Charlie Rogers-Davies on vocals, Anthony Humble on bass, drummer, Jacob Cooper, Aimee Wilks on keyboards and guitarists Danny Simons and Ben Bushell are really looking forward to taking part in this event, which will be raising money for the Royal British Legion and Help For Heroes.

The concert has been organized by the Ross Branch of the Royal British Legion to mark the very special occasion of the very first National Armed Forces Day and Master of Ceremonies, JKHS Teacher, Ben Abbott will guide the audience through a whole evening of entertainment. In the photograph are Chairman of the Ross Branch of the Royal British Legion, Fred Jones, Ben Abbott and the band 'Chasing Charlie.'

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Looking forward to the Armed Forces Day Concert are MC, Ben Abbott, Fred Jones and 'Chasing Charlie.'

Two special events to celebrate Veterans Day and Armed Forces Day - by Julieanne King

The very first annual Armed Forces Day, finally sanctioned by the Government as a day to celebrate our Armed Forces will be celebrated on 27th June 2009. Most people would agree that, whatever we might think about the conflicts they are sent into, the men and women of our Armed Forces do an incredible job and we should be rightly proud of them. This first Armed Forces Day coincides with Veterans' Day, which has long been marked on 27th June. This is particularly apt, as it means that on 27th June we can celebrate our armed Forces both past and present.

There are a number of events being planned to mark this special day, not least of which is the National Celebration in Chatham. The Ross Branch of the Royal British Legion is planning two events to mark this very special day here in Ross-on-Wye. The first is a Celebration Concert to be held on 26th June at the Larruperz Centre and starting at 19.30. This Concert is a 'not to be missed' occasion; our Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be Ben Abbott from John Kyrle High School and there will be performances from the Ross-on-Wye Town Band, The Voice Squad, the Forest of Dean Male Voice Choir, 'Chasing Charlie' the Ledbury Community Choir and readings from Scouts, Guides and Cadets.

The evening will start with a Parade of Standards which will be received by the Mayor of Ross, Councillor John Edwards. After the Kohima Exhortation and Silence, the music and singing will start in earnest, building up to a Proms-style finale with audience participation and flag-waving being compulsory!! During the interval there will be a raffle and fund-raising items on sale in aid of the Ross Branch of the Legion and also Help for Heroes. All of the performers taking part are doing so free of charge in support of the two charities and Armed Forces Day. Information about the concert can be found on the official Armed Forces Day website, the British Legion website, Help for Heroes website, Wyenot News and the What's On Guide, on Wyvern FM, BBC Hereford & Worcester and in the Ross Gazette and Hereford Times. The event has certainly put Ross-on-Wye on the map! Tickets are on sale at 5 from the Box Office or by telephoning 01989 568941 or 564277. This will be an evening of wonderful performances, celebration and unashamed Britishness!! Don't miss it.

The following day on 27th June, the Ross Branch of the Legion will be raising the Union Jack in the Market Square in honour of Armed Forces Day and will be manning an information stand and display about the Legion and its work. Anyone who is interested in the Legion, whether they have been a member of the armed forces or not, is very welcome to come along, see the display and chat to Legion members. The Legion carries out its work in a wide range of welfare areas including war pensions, financial assistance and holidays. We are also able to advise on tracing medals from old conflicts, replacing lost medals and having medal ribbons replaced for wearing. To many people the Royal British Legion is for those who fought in the two World Wars, linked as it is to the poppies of Flanders Field. The Legion actively welcomes and supports any member of the armed forces both from the World Wars and from the numerous wars and conflicts since 1945.

The Branch in Ross is open to anyone who has served or those who have an interest in supporting our armed forces and is especially keen to recruit members from later conflicts such as Gulf War, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Bosnia and Falklands. For information on the Legion in Ross please contact our Branch Chairman Fred Jones on 01989 564277.

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