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Music and fireworks to mark relaxation of Covid restrictions
Toe-tapping tunes will be heard at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire when the popular Summer Proms evenings make a welcome return to the poignant venue in August. An audience of up to 3,000 people will attend the Arboretum at Alrewas, near Lichfield, across the two evenings of Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th August. They will be able to hear a selection of toe-tapping proms favourites performed by the Band of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and soprano Emily Haig, concluding with a firework finale. The Summer Proms returns to the 150 acre Arboretum following the cancellation of last year's event due to the coronavirus pandemic. Mark Ellis, Head of Visitor Experience at the Arboretum, said: "We can't wait to welcome people back to the Arboretum for one of our most popular annual events. In 2019, when we last hosted the proms, the event sold out and this year we've already had a fantastic response since tickets went on sale, with people eager to secure their place for a magnificent evening of summer entertainment."

National Memorial Arboretum, Summer Proms
Summer Proms set to return to National Memorial Arboretum


Ticket holders will be admitted to the event area from 6pm ahead of the start of performances at 8pm, with the event scheduled to end at 10.30pm. A total of 3,000 tickets (1,500 each evening) priced from 24 are currently on sale and said to be in big demand.

Added Mark: "To ensure we can deliver a first-class experience for all attendees we are selling a limited number of tickets for each evening. Even if there is an easing of restrictions for events, we want to make sure that everyone can have their own space with a great view of the performers on stage." Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Arboretum's website where reduced price advance tickets will be available until 30 July. In addition to standard admissions, a limited number of Premier Tickets will also be available. These include a three-course evening meal and welcome drink, reserved seating within the performance area and a complimentary proms programme.

National Memorial Arboretum, Armed Forces Memorial
The poignant Armed Forces Memorial


The National Memorial Arboretum, which sits within the National Forest, is the UK's year-round centre for Remembrance. The 150-acre garden and woodland site is part of the Royal British Legion and has approximately 26,000 maturing trees and almost 400 memorials, including the striking Armed Forces Memorial which commemorates those who have been killed on duty or as a result of terrorism from the end of the Second World War to the present time. For further information, visit www.thenma.org.uk
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Why? Music and fireworks galore as Summer Proms return
When: August 7 and 8
Phone: 01283 245100
Where: National Memorial Arboretum, Croxall Road, Alrewas, Staffordshire DE13 7AR
Cost: Tickets from 24
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