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Gladys 'Plotting' To Join RAF Concert

Published: 02 Dec 2015

A woman whose statue at the Bentley Priory Museum stands as a memorial to the men and women who worked at Fighter Command HQ during the Battle of Britain will be a special guest at an RAF concert in Poole next week. 

As a 21-year-old in 1940, Gladys Eva, of Beach Road, plotted German aircraft as they headed over the sea towards Britain from an underground bunker at RAF Bentley Priory. From the Filter Room where she worked, information about incoming German aircraft was passed on to the Royal Observer Corps and the various RAF fighter stations.

Now, the 95-year-old is 'plotting' to attend a special RAF in Concert performance at the Lighthouse on Thursday, December 10 which will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

As well as saluting the 'The Few' - the pilots who flew during the historic battle - the concert will turn the spotlight on all those who played a part in helping secure victory.  

Concert spokesman Richard Arquati said: "We're absolutely delighted that Gladys is able to join us. To have amongst us someone who was at the heart of RAF operations as the Battle of Britain raged will help bring our story to life. It is a real honour."

Featuring the Central Band of the RAF, the concert will include rousing military marches, popular songs from the era, plus big band numbers and classical pieces that will serve as a musical tribute to all those who participated in the Battle of Britain.

The concert, which will also feature dramatic historical and modern day footage of the RAF on a large screen, is staged in support of the RAF Charitable Trust and will be compered by BBC broadcaster and 'Voice of the Balls' Alan Dedicoat. 

Tickets priced £19-£25, are available to buy from the Lighthouse Box Office on 0844 406 8666 or the website HERE.

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