More than £1,400 raised at Proms in the Park to support soldiers

Hundreds of revellers enjoyed this year’s annual Proms in the Park, supported by Modus, and helped raise more than £1,400 to support a national soldiers’ charity.

More than 2,000 people of all ages gathered at South Park bandstand for the annual event, held on Sunday 3 July, with many bringing along picnics and flags to wave as they enjoyed a varied range of music to suit all tastes.

The free event was organised by the Northern Military Music Group with the support of Darlington Borough Council and sponsors Modus Subsea Group and a collection was held which raised a massive £1,455.11 for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, the national charity of the British Army.

This year’s event featured The Royal Signals (Northern) Band, Pipes & Drums 102 Battalion Reme, The Soldiers of Swing (Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists) and Mowden Junior and Reid Street School Choirs, offering a wide range of music.

Councillor Mike Renton, the council’s cabinet member for stronger communities, said:

“There were some showers on the day, but they didn’t spoil what was a fantastic event and it was wonderful to see so many people come together for this music tribute to our Armed Forces.

“Those who came to enjoy the music gave generously to help raise funds for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and the amount raised proves how much we support our Armed Forces. I’d like to say thank you to everyone who came along to support the event and to all those who performed and worked so hard behind the scenes to make it such a resounding success.”

Nick Tompkins, CEO of Modus Subsea Group, which sponsors the Proms in the Park event, added:

“Modus is proud to support this magnificent event in Darlington for the eighth consecutive year and we are delighted that such a fantastic amount has been raised for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. The day was a resounding success and thoroughly enjoyed by all.”

Lt Colonel Barney Barnbrook, regional director of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, added:

“It was a great effort by everyone, and we are hugely grateful for the support. I have written to the commanding officers of the military personnel to thank them for their support, but there is a whole host of others, including Darlington Borough Council and Modus, to whom I would like to offer our sincere thanks.”

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