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Battle of Britain Concert to Visit Belfast

Published: 05 Nov 2015   updated: 01 Apr 2016

We are looking forward to bringing the Battle of Britain 75th anniversary concert at the Waterfront in Belfast for the first time on 1, December.

The concert will look beyond the bravery of the 'The Few' to recognise the role of others who contributed directly to victory and the many who supported them in Britain's finest hour.

As well as saluting the heroism and courage of the Allied airmen, numbering fewer than 3,000, who took part in the Battle, the concert on Tuesday, December 1 will turn the spotlight on those who contributed directly to securing victory in 1940, as part of the fighting capability of Fighter Command, and the many others who also contributed indirectly to victory.

Among them were the men and women who operated a complex system for detecting enemy aircraft and controlling the Allied response. Named the 'Dowding System' after its chief architect Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding, it was an elaborate and extensive system that allowed commanders to control the ebb and flow of battle and ensure RAF fighters where in the right place at the right time.

The lynchpin of the system was the Filter Centre. The centre compiled a recognised air picture from large amounts of information received from the radar system and Observer Corp reports. This picture was not only used by commanders to fight the battle but also queued other important defensive systems comprising Anti Aircraft Artillery, searchlights, and barrage balloon operators.

Featuring the Bands 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.

Concert Organiser Tina Outlaw said: "Whilst the incredible achievements of The Few should never be forgotten, it's important that we remember the many others who played both decisive and key supporting roles during the Battle such as those in Fighter Command involved in directing the battle. Also those who were at the forefront of sustaining national resilience - civil defence, fire fighting, air raid wardens and rescue.

"We're really looking forward to taking the tour to Belfast for the first time and are already planning some special musical moments specifically for our Waterfront audience."

Tickets priced £19-£25, are available from the Waterfront Box Office on 0289 033 4455.

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