The D-Day Darlings to perform at Big Sting!
Date: 30 Apr 2019
Britain’s Got Talent finalists The D-Day Darlings have paid a surprise visit to Wasps’ training ground to rehearse for their big performance at Ricoh Arena next month.
The nine-piece group – who captured the hearts of the nation on last year’s Britain’s Got Talent with their wartime songs – will be performing at Wasps’ Gallagher Premiership clash against Harlequins on Saturday 18 May, which is being dedicated to the Armed Forces.
Three members of the group visited Broadstreet RFC to give Wasps players and staff a flavour of what to expect by belting out nostalgic classics such as The White Cliffs of Dover and Pack Up Your Troubles.
Their visit to Coventry comes as the group prepares to mark the 75th anniversary of the Normandy Landings on 6 June.
This will involve all nine members travelling on a cruise ship with D-Day veterans and arriving in Normandy on Thursday 6 June at 5.30am – the exact time 75 years ago that troops started landing in Normandy.
Katie Ashby, who is the founder member of The D-Day Darlings, said: “I know that Wasps are dedicating this game to the Armed Forces, so attending an event such as this is a great way for us to warm up for our visit to Normandy in June with around 300 veterans, which is set to be an incredibly moving experience for us all.
“This is the first sporting event that we’ve performed at, so we can’t wait to walk out at Ricoh Arena and soak up the atmosphere.
“Although we have performed in front of millions of people on TV, we especially love performing in front of live crowds and building a rapport with them.
“It was lovely to come along to perform for the players while they were having their lunch, and it was good preparation for our performance in May.”
The D-Day Darlings will be performing in the Wasps Nest Fan Village, which is open between 1.30pm and 3.30pm, before taking to the pitch at half-time to perform in front of thousands of people.
Armed Forces charity SSAFA will also be fundraising in the Wasps Nest Fan Village, while the Royal British Legion will be selling Wasps-themed poppies.
Verity Brown, Community and Matchday Marketing Manager at Wasps, added: “To be hosting an act of The D-Day Darlings’ calibre at Ricoh Arena as they prepare for such a monumental trip to Normandy is a real coup for us.
“We dedicate one home match a season to the Armed Forces to show our appreciation for the sacrifices they make to keep us all safe.
“Not only does having The D-Day Darlings performing bring something different to this year’s Armed Forces game, it also encourages people to remember those who put their lives on the line in Normandy all those years ago.”
Tickets for Wasps’ clash against Harlequins are available by clicking the link below or calling 02476 786411.