Stars of stage and screen will be joined by Royalty when the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust hosts a major fund-raising event at The Royal Air Force Club in Mayfair on Sunday 8 October.
The royal charity gala Stars in Salute!, which will pay tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of the Few who fought in the Battle of Britain, will take place in the presence of HRH Prince Michael of Kent GVCO.
As well as celebrating the 30th anniversary of the unveiling of the National Memorial to the Few by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, this intimate evening of words and music will mark 20 years of patronage by Prince Michael.
The cast will include veteran broadcaster Michael Aspel (This Is Your Life),Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), stars of Midsomer Murders Annette Badland and Neil Dudgeon, Neil Pearson (Drop the Dead Donkey), and EastEnders legend Pam St Clement.
They will be joined by Tyler Butterworth (The Darling Buds of May), Janet Dibley (EastEnders), Bruce Graham (Follies), Tom Hopcroft (The Comedy About A Bank Robbery), while the evening, which begins at 7.30pm, will include a video contribution from Sue Holderness (Only Fools and Horses).
Stars in Salute! is devised and directed by Martin Milnes, with Musical Direction by Mehran James McCullough. The royal gala is produced by Tom Miller and Martin Milnes with the Trust’s Hon Secretary Patrick Tootal and Event Organiser Janet Tootal, who will speak about the work of the charity.
“Stars in Salute! will be a unique entertainment, our incredible cast bringing to life unforgettable stories of heroism and bravery from the Battle of Britain. We are most grateful to these artistes, who are friends of the Trust both old and new. All proceeds from Stars in Salute! will help us continue our vital work in raising awareness of the Battle for future generations.”
Only 100 seats are available for this exclusive tribute to The Few which will honour their legacy in songs, scenes, poems and personal memories.
Stars in Salute! will be presented in one act, followed by a post-show reception. All stars appear subject to availability. Tickets, priced £150, can be purchased from the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust on 01732 870809.