D-Day 70: Serving personnel will hear Portsmouth Military Wives Choir

Members of the Portsmouth Military Wives Choir
Members of the Portsmouth Military Wives Choir

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LOVED ones on deployment are to listen to a live broadcast of the Portsmouth Military Wives Choir performing in the D-Day 70 Years On concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

About 43 choir members are to sing at the star-studded event organised by BBC Radio 2 tomorrow night.

The choir will perform alongside the likes of Sir Patrick Stewart who will play Sir Winston Churchill, Katherine Jenkins, Seth Lakeman and Beverley Knight. The concert, which will tell the story of D-Day’s key moments, is hosted by Louise Minchin, Jeremy Vine and Dermot O’Leary.

It will be broadcast at cinemas nationwide, including at Vue Cinema in Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth.

But the event is even more special for choir members whose loved ones are serving on deployment, as British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS) Radio is to broadcast the concert live.

Among those who will be listening is 40-year-old choir member Lynne Vinton’s husband, Chief Petty Officer Alan Vinton.

Lieutenant Ben Martin, married to Kim Martin – who started the choir in her living room – is serving onboard HMS Diamond with Lynne’s husband and will also tune in.

The Type 45 destroyer left Portsmouth in January for the Gulf where she is conducting maritime security operations until August.

Mrs Vinton, who sings alto in the choir, said: ‘We are so excited. The choir means a hell of a lot to me. This is the biggest gig we have ever done. It’s so lovely that they are going to be able to hear it.’

Choir member Captain Julie Thain-Smith, who is on deployment in Afghanistan, and fellow member Megan Cousins’ fiancé, Lieutenant Lee Funnell, who is on HMS Quorn in Dubai, will also be listening.

Profits will go to the Royal British Legion, SSAFA which supports servicemen and women and their families, and SkillForce which helps young people.

The concert will be broadcast from 7.45pm.

Click here for details of the special supplement produced by The News to comemmorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings