Concert in Lewes to mark end of the war

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The Sounds of Swing Big Band are marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the war in Europe with a special party-style concert in Lewes Town Hall on Saturday May 2.

The 17 musicians of the orchestra will be making a rare appearance with their full complement of musicians playing a selection of tunes from the Swing Era.

Expect familiar songs and music first made famous by Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller.

The band’s line-up features five saxophones, four trumpets, four trombones, guitar and piano along with vocalist Suzanne Cornford.

Additional entertainment will be provided by the Swingtime Sweethearts with a tribute to Dame Vera Lynn in their light-hearted fun show.

Guests are invited to come along in 1940s style costumes, any Bonfire costume or lounge suits.

Tickets for the event cost £28 which includes an all you can eat hot and cold buffet prepared by Chris Collison’s catering company A Bit Of A Do.

Doors at the Town Hall in the High Street open at 7pm and the evening’s entertainment goes on until late.

If a table for ten is booked then a price of just £25 per person applies.

Tickets are on sale at outfitters Hugh Rae, 75 High Street, Lewes (opposite the Barbican).

VE Day which celebrates the end of the Second World War in Europe will be marked across the UK.

Nationally events will range from a parade, a service and concert in London.

The Government is also encouraging people to hold street parties around the UK. For tickets call 07552 121233.