Military Wives show support for veterans

AN energetic charity fund-raiser is taking things a little easier for his next event.

Andrew Charlton, from Broomhill, set up veterans’ association Walking The Front after discovering that his great grandfather served in the First World War and survived both the Battle of the Somme and the British offensive at Arras.

Mr Charlton has already walked the route of the Somme and the World War II beachheads of Normandy to raise funds.

But his next event is more family-friendly as he has arranged for the famous Military Wives Choir to take part in a charity show.

The York branch of the choir will perform at Newcastle’s Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre.

The concert, which will also benefit the Soldiers, Sailors, Airman and Families Association (SSAFA), will feature local and international artists and will end with a medley of ‘songs that won the war’, where the audience can join in. It will be compered by Richard Nauyokas of TV’s Bad Lads’ Army.

Mr Charlton said: “We know not everyone can physically walk miles to help us raise funds, but everyone can sit down in a lovely theatre, listen to some fantastic music and variety entertainment, and support our fund-raising.”

The concert takes place on Saturday, at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from the theatre or online at www.walkingthefront.com