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The Folkestone and Ashford Military Show 2018

This year  at the Folkestone and Ashford Military show…

The Jive Aces are a six-piece UK based, high energy, jive and swing band, formed in 1989. They were the winners of BBC TV’s Opportunity Knocks, and Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists in 2012. They have recorded singles and albums, and have performed at numerous music festivals.

The band is widely recognised as one of the top swing bands in the world, something borne out by their extensive international travel (the band has performed in over 30 countries). The June 2015 issue of “Vintage Rock” magazine described them as the “UK’s number one jive and swing band” in a six page feature on the band titled “Leaders of the Pack”.

They have received an award from Variety, the Children’s Charity for their charity work and the City of Derry International Music Award in 2006

The Truth About Drugs Campaign

The Jive Aces have supported the Church of Scientology’s “Truth About Drugs” campaign for many years, giving concerts all over the world to raise awareness of the dangers of drugs and the solutions to the drug problem. When asked about the band’s strong anti-drug stance, lead singer Ian Clarkson said, People look up to musicians and see them taking drugs and think that they then have to use them to be a great artist. What they don’t realise is that without drugs they would be a lot happier, play a lot better and live a lot longer”.

The Jive Aces will only be performing Saturday 2nd June…

More About The Folkestone and Ashford Military Show

Les BirchSince 1971 the Sellindge show ground hosted the Sellindge steam festival, organised by the Birch Family. Les Birch who passed away in 2014 was a prominent figure within the show ground area, always talking to cadet units that were helping on site about his years in the Army.

Mr Birch, who served in the Royal Artillery, was captured by German soldiers in 1940, and held prisoner in ten different camps. He will be remembered as ‘one of the characters of life’ and was often referred to as the ‘storyteller’.

One of the cadet organisations, Kent (Marine) Cadet Force, an independent cadet unit, not affiliated or recognised by the Ministry of Defence is hosting the Folkestone and Ashford Military show to keep alive the good work that Les Birch did within the Community.

The show is designed to highlight and showcase the involvement of youth organisations of the area and in particular cadet organisations, whilst incorporating a military feel to attract members of the public and by adding certain attractions making it feel a modern day Fair.

We will have in attendance some very special guests whilst creating an atmosphere for family’s to enjoy for hours and return for years to come.

We will be raising funds for the Royal British Legion, who will be in attendance as well as raising funds for a memorial stone for Les Birch.