Take That tribute band Rule The World was the star attraction at RAF Marham's Friends and Families Day Concert produced by Forces Live Events (CSE) who were asked back for the third year running after two previous spectacular shows.
Three years ago CSE helped RAF Marham in Norfolk celebrate its 100th Birthday, last year we celebrated 40 years of the Tornado with them, and this year was the biggest celebration yet, 100 years of the Royal Air Force.
We also provided one big screen funded by the CSE Beneficiary Fund.
The concert was held after their annual airshow and was attended by personnel working at RAF Marham and their families.
It was our first time working with Take That tribute band ‘Rule The World’ who came with a live backing band and dancers and were as close to the real thing as you can get.
They performed Take That's recent hits, as well as the all-important classics, complete with those iconic dance moves.
The stage was rich with other acts earlier in the day, every one of them bringing something special to the families of RAF Marham.
Station Commander, Group Captain Ian Townsend said:
"I’ve done an enormous number of things in my career I’m really really proud of, I think this is going straight to the top obviously – dancing on the stage with Stavros Flatley."
“We couldn’t do what we do without the families and the event here put on by CSE is the fun end to a really, really good day.
"CSE have delivered something really quite special here, we’ve got a stage, we’ve got lights, we’ve got music… what we’ve got is enjoyment, lots of friends and families coming together and CSE have really made it happen in a really informal and fun way”
RAF Marham certainly had a day they would 'Never Forget'.
The Take That tribute band got up close and personal with the audience, affording those at the front with a few great photo opportunities.
Our point of contact FS Jim O’Connell said:
“Families and friends watched Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, Howard Donald, Jason Orange and Robbie Williams bring the ‘Rule the World’ experience to RAF Marham on one of the hottest days of the year.
"Or it seemed that way as the tribute band, headlined a fantastic line-up to conclude an amazing concert.”
FS Jim O’Connell went on to say:
“The show was opened by Katy Saxon as Taylor Swift (who later transformed into Katy Perry) and was compared by the incomparable Barry Castagnola."
"Stavros Flatley whipped onlookers into a frenzy with a jaw dropping conga through howling fans who were crammed into every nook and cranny of this perfect venue.
"All within minutes of Brainscape rocking everyone to their feet with their incredible set.
"Thank you, CSE. There is no better way to put on a show. You smashed it.”
Rule The World even let their very own 'Robbie' go solo for a few numbers, and boy did he entertain.
Former servicemen and women were also invited through Norfolk RAFA, Naval Association and Royal British Legion branches.