BBC Radio 2 will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Dambusters Raid with special programmes from RAF Scampton on May 17th.
Chris Evans will join in by hosting his breakfast show from the location and hopefully fly in the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Lancaster Bomber.
Chris: “The Lancaster Bomber holds so many emotions for so many people. It is a true icon for myriad reasons. To be even considered for such a project made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck. The fact that I am going to fly in it is as exciting as my job gets.”
The Jeremy Vine Show will come from Biggin Hill Airport, and from 8pm Jeremy and Dermot O’Leary present a special Friday Night Is Music Night from an aircraft hangar at Biggin Hill.
Bob Shennan, Controller Radio 2, 6 Music and Asian Network, said: “Radio 2 is proud to commemorate the Dambusters 70th anniversary with a truly memorable day of programming, culminating in a special Friday Night Is Music Night at Biggin Hill.”
The BBC Concert Orchestra and the Central Band of the RAF will combine to perform music including ‘Dambusters March’, made famous by The Dambusters film. And the Central Band of the RAF will perform for the first time a new composition by Nigel Hess called ‘The Bouncing Bomb’ which was written specifically to mark this 70th anniversary.
‘Friday Night Is Music Night presents The Dambusters 70 Years On’ is a BBC co-production with TBI Media and Snappin’ Turtle Productions.
The Lancaster Bomber flight is subject to weather conditions and aircraft serviceability.