Music in the Gardens is the best place to B

Ben Parkinson with his mum Diane Dernie.
Ben Parkinson with his mum Diane Dernie.
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BIG bands, bopping, Battle of Britain, buses, brave Ben and the Blitz at the Botanical Gardens

It’s B all the way at Sheffield’s A-starred Music in the Gardens event this year.

Wednesday, June 29 is Big Band Night at the Rotary International organised event when visitors can bop along to the sounds of yesteryear courtesy of Keith Peters and Sheffield University Big Bands.

Members of Rotherham Rotary Club will be arriving at Sheffield’s Botanical Gardens in a vintage bus and ticket holders are being encouraged to come along to the 40s revival-themed party night in fashions of the era.

And there will be a prize for the best dressed couple in their vintage gladrags.

The concert has been designated Help for Heroes night and will feature a Battle of Britain Memorial flypast scheduled for 7pm.

Guest of honour on the night will be Ben Parkinson, from Doncaster, who suffered massive injuries when he stepped on to a land mine in Afghanistan.

But brave Ben has astonished doctors with the way he is progressing from his terrible injuries.

The night kicks off a series of concerts during Music in the Gardens.

Sheffield musician Paul Carrack will be joined by the Dizzy Club on the Thursday.

On Friday there will be a jazz extravaganza courtesy of world famous Courtney Pine and Omar Puente.

And Saturday is pure gold thanks to a combination of brass at its best from Dodworth Colliery Band and the classical sounds of the Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra.

Last year was the sixth time the event had been staged and it raised a staggering £46,000.

This year Rotary International hope to raise even more with all proceeds to Weston Park, Sheffield Children’s Hospital, Shelter Box and Help For Heroes.

n Log on to www.musicinthe gardens.co.uk for tickets.