Salute Our Heroes – a concert staged by ABF The Soldiers’ Charity at Billingham Forum on 20th October includes a serving soldier recently returned from active service in Afghanistan.
Jonjo Kerr, a private in 3rd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment, returned three weeks ago from a six month tour in Afghanistan. On October 20th, in sharp contrast to active service, Jonjo will be on stage at Billingham’s Forum Theatre singing the tender ballad In my Dreams in the company of top military musicians and other quality singers.
Soldier Jonjo Kerr became a household name following his appearance on the X Factor in 2011. After a nervous start, Jonjo made it to the live shows and became one of the finalists. Since then, in addition to his military career and prior to his deployment to Afghanistan, he became the guest vocalist on the number one Military Wives album, In My Dreams. He will shortly be recording a debut album.
Music lovers, especially devotees of military bands, will enjoy an evening of quality music and entertainment at the Forum when, for the fifth successive year, the Soldiers’ Charity presents an evening of outstanding entertainment, showcasing some of the best Military Bands as well as excellent singers. Taking part are:
Heavy Cavalry & Cambri Band 102 Battalion REME Pipe Band
Scott/Whistler Highland Dancers George Colley Singers and Hartlepool Community Choir
Julie Pendleton Alison Cochlan Vicki, Jake & Ellie Guillory
The show Compère is Alasdair Hutton, narrator of the Royal Military Edinburgh Tattoo
What started five years ago as a proposed one-off fundraising event, has now played to capacity audiences at the Gateshead Sage, Darlington, Middlesbrough and Hartlepool, and November will see the third annual Festival of Remembrance Concert in Durham Cathedral.
Tickets at £20 and £18 (concessions) from Forum Ticket Office 01642 552663
All proceeds will be for The Soldiers’ Charity, helping to continue the vital support it gives to soldiers and their families, in particular those who have suffered as a result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.