D-Day Darlings enlist local recruits for anniversary performance


Britain’s Got Talent finalists, the D-Day Darlings are enlisting home-grown performers from Ellesmere Port as they take to the stage at the Civic Hall on Sunday 14th October at 2pm.

Preparing for an afternoon of live music and nostalgia, the event is being brought to Ellesmere Port by Brio Entertainment, a sub-brand of Brio Leisure which operates the leisure, health and wellbeing services across Cheshire West and Chester.

The all-girl group, who captured the hearts of the nation on the ITV talent show with renditions of World War One and World War Two classics, have already raised more than £40,000 for the Royal British Legion and also have the backing of ‘Forces Sweetheart’ Dame Vera Lynn. 

Making the show extra special, they’ve also recruited local dancers from the town’s First Footers Dance Studios for a rousing flag-waving finale of their show ‘The Songs That Won the War’.

D-Day Darlings founder Kate Ashby hopes residents of Ellesmere Port will turn out in force to make the afternoon performance a very special occasion.

Kate said: “When we first came into the Ellesmere Port Civic Hall theatre we knew it would be a really wonderful venue for our show.

“Our mission has always been to keep the wartime spirit alive and inspire younger generations to do the same.

“We want to honour all of those who fought for the country’s freedom in both world wars and other conflicts.”

This year is also the centenary of Armistice Day and the group will be releasing their debut album ‘I’ll Remember You’ to coincide with the anniversary.

Kate added: “We are very lucky to be able to perform such iconic music in honour of all our heroes.

“It’s been a bit of a whirlwind since we performed for Simon Cowell and the Britain’s Got Talent judges. We want the concert at Ellesmere Port Civic Hall to be one people will remember.”

The show forms part of Brio’s vintage matinees, a range of shows aimed to encourage older residents to regularly enjoy shows and events.

Brio has worked with the community to create an inviting and comfortable environment, at a time and price to suit its older guests.

Brio Entertainment manager Phil Harding commented: “We have a brilliant variety of high-quality shows at our venues, and we have introduced our new dementia-friendly afternoon shows, including our Christmas pantomime in Northwich, which will give those with dementia the opportunity to enjoy our productions in a relaxed environment.

“We’re really excited to be working with Revival UK, and The D-Day Darlings is the perfect show for all ages.”

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