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Strictly Come Dancing Announcer to Swap Sequins for the Stage at the RAF in Concert Tour

Published: 06 Sep 2018

The voice of Strictly Come Dancing and one of the BBC's most iconic announcers Alan Dedicoat will be stepping away from the sequins later this month to take up compering duties on the RAF in Concert Tour - the last event celebrating RAF100.

Alan kick-started his radio career at BBC West Country in 1979 before moving to London to join the Presentation Department of BBC Radio 2 at Broadcasting House, where he later became its head until his semi-retirement in 2015.

He said: "What an amazing year it's been for the Royal Air Force and what better way to bring the curtain down on the centenary celebrations than with a magnificent musical salute. It's an absolute honour to be appearing once more with the hugely talented girls and boys from the Royal Air Force's principal bands - it's going to be a great tour!"

From rousing military marches to toe-tapping big band numbers and timeless classical pieces, accomplished musicians from the RAF's principal bands and Salon Orchestra are set to deliver a rousing finale to the first 100 years of the RAF.

The concert will feature classic military tunes including The Dambusters March and Spitfire Fugue and national favourites such as British Grenadiers, Home Sweet Home and Saucy Arethusa, as well as the big band sound of Glenn Miller's In the Moodand Keep 'em Flying.

Alan will be the compering for the Poole, Birmingham, Norwich, Nottingham, Canterbury and Manchester performances. Other comperes on the tour include David Garmston (Bristol), Tony Currie (Glasgow), Jeff Brown (Gateshead), Aled Jones (Cardiff) and Paul Clark (Belfast). Tickets start at £10 and are available to buy from

“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

“All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

Jenson Button, Former Formula 1 Racing Driver

“Probably the most complete air show I’ve ever been to!”

Al Worden, Apollo 15 Astronaut

“This is THE best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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