Aled Jones for Firefighters Charity Concert at HIC

Aled Jones - Harrogate date.

Aled Jones - Harrogate date.

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Popular TV presenter and singer Aled Jones is to host a glittering evening of entertainment at Harrogate International Centre in the firefighters annual charity Christmas Concert on December 20.

The annual extravaganza by North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is always a spectacular affair and this Sunday night’s show looks set to be being the best one to date since it was first launched 49 years ago.

This festive evening of traditional and modern performances combines performances from the firefighters bands, local choirs and special guest stars.

As well as Aled Jones, the bill this year will also include talented classical soprano Laura Wright, the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Band, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Pipe Band and The Fisher Singers and Freedom Performing Arts.

One of the local firefighters instrumental in making the concert such a success recently received a royal honour.

Bruce Reid, who is married with four children and two grandchildren and lives in Knaresborough, received the MBE from The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William at the same ceremony as rugby union great Jonny Wilkinson.

Stationed at Acomb fire station in York, Bruce said he was thrilled to receive the award on behalf of the firefighters.

He said: “It would have been an honour just to be nominated never mind actually receiving the MBE.”

This Sunday’s Christmas Concert will begin at 7pm.

Tickets are available by calling 01423 502116 or book online at www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk