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Chartridge musical starlet to lead Battle of Britain tribute
A THEATRE starlet from Chartridge will take centre stage at a Battle of Britain memorial event this weekend.
Grace Howell will be part of musical and dance troupe West End Kids' salute to those who fought in the Battle of Britain - and their performance has been dedicated to her great uncle, a World War Two squadron leader.
They take to the stage on Saturday at RAF Biggin Hill to coincide with the anniversary of what is known as 'the Hardest Day' of the war, August 18, 1940.
West End Kids present ‘Swing To Victory’, a specially commissioned medley that tells the story of the war through music. During the Blitz section of their performance the audience will be treated to authentic sound effects as a re-enactment of a Battle of Britain wartime scramble takes place overhead.
Miss Howell, 20, said: "We are all so excited about this event, especially now there will be a Battle of Britain display during our performance.
"Our World War Two medley is very moving in places, especially during the section that covers the Blitz, and what more could we ask for than the authentic sound of the planes flying overhead.
"It’s going to be ten times as emotional for me and my family though because we will all be thinking about my Great Uncle, Squadron Leader Frank J Howell, who bravely flew Spitfires during the Battle of Britain."
She added: "I have performed at all sorts of amazing events with West End Kids, from the massive West End Live in Trafalgar Square to the intimate Great Ormond Street Hospital’s Christmas Party.
"My first performance was very a special event - the official Dickens Bicentennial Dinner in the Egyptian Hall at Mansion House - which was attended by members of Charles Dickens’ family, the Mayor of London and my all-time favourite actor, Sir Patrick Stewart."
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