Busy Month Ahead at Cosford

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RAF Museum Press Release:

Staff at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford are busy preparing for the busy month ahead which will see five big events take place throughout June.

June 1st  – National Service (RAF) Association Parade

On Sunday June 1st, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Dakota will be taking to the skies over Shropshire in honor of the many thousand RAF  National Service veterans.  This iconic aircraft will perform for visitors and guests at the National Service (RAF) Association Parade, which will take place at the Museum starting at 11am.  This event is expected to see hundreds of ex-National Service men and women participate in a parade led by The Band of the West Midlands Fire Service. Following a short 100m march, the parade will form up next to the Museum’s Hangar 1 where Air Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton will be the reviewing officer. All veterans who served in the Armed Forces are welcome to participate, providing them with the opportunity to reunite with lost friends and colleagues.

June 8th – RAF Cosford Air Show

RAF Cosford Air Show is one of the country’s top aviation events, attracting thousands of people of all ages to a day full of excitement and entertainment with flying displays throughout the day. On the ground there will be aircraft for visitors to sit inside, plus hundreds of exhibits, stalls, trade stands, military demonstrations and children’s entertainment. Admission charges apply. (Free admission to the Museum is not available on this date) Advance tickets cost £20.00 for an adult, with children under 16 free when accompanied by an adult.  Tickets can be purchased via the Air Show website or during a visit to the Museum (cash or cheque only).  Full details are available at www.cosfordairshow.co.uk.  Air Show Office Enquiries – 01902 377922.

June 15th – D-Day Afternoon Concert

June 6th, 2014 will mark seventy years since the invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord, which began the final stages of World War Two in Europe. RAF Museum Cosford will be marking the 70th anniversary of this event with a D-Day themed Orchestral Concert. The highly decorated Glebe Symphonic Winds, one of the UK’s leading wind orchestras, will perform for visitors on Sunday June 15th at 3.00pm. Taking place in the Museum’s National Cold War Exhibition auditorium, with seating for 200 spectators, this intimate musical performance will include many well-known favorites and last approximately one hour.  Tickets cost £5 per person, and they are available for purchase via the Museum website.

June 15th to July 18th – The Great War Commemorative Exhibition

The Great War Commemorative Exhibition consists of two bodies of work in which the artist’s hope to slow the clouding of memories of World War One and in this way, pay their respects to those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. The Cheshire Artist Network, an organisation of over fifty professional visual artists who live and work in Cheshire, is responsible for this effort. The exhibition will travel the country during 2014 and will be on display at RAF Museum Cosford from Sunday June 15th to Friday July  18th, 2014 at the Museum’s temporary exhibition gallery in Hangar 1. Entry to the Museum and the exhibition are free of charge.

June 28th – Armed Forces Day

On Saturday June 28th, events across the country will celebrate the contributions made by those who serve and have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces. The annual Armed Forces Day is an opportunity to reflect and pay tribute to our heroes past and present, including current serving personnel, service families, veterans and cadets.  This special day will commence in Hangar One at 11.00am with refreshments, followed by talks, entertainment and access to the Conservation Centre including an update on the Dornier Do-17, salvaged from the English Channel a year ago.  There will also be a flypast from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Dakota (time tbd & weather permitting).  Attendance to the event is free of charge and by advance registration only for current or ex-serving members of the armed forces. You will need to pre-register as places are limited. Please telephone 01902 376 200 or email cosfordarmedforcesday@rafmuseum.org.

For further information on any of the events taking place at the RAF Museum Cosford throughout June, please call the Museum on 01902 376200 or visit the museum website at www.rafmuseum.org.  Keep up to date with the latest news and event information by following us on Facebook – Royal Air Force Museum Cosford or on Twitter @RAFMUSEUM.


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