Snapper Strikes A Chord

An Army photographer from Wendover is swapping his rifle and camera for a guitar to play in a charity gig in the town on 1st December.

Sergeant Tom Robinson, has organised “Rockin’ Down at the Rose and Crown” to raise cash for the Soldiers, Sailors & Airmen Families Association (SSAFA), who provide vital support to service personnel and their families.

In his day job, Tom has filmed everything from front-line fire fights to high-profile visits by celebrities. His work has taken him to Afghanistan, Iraq and the Balkans.

He’s called upon his former band mates from “The Copycats”, an outfit Tom played guitar with until 2007. The five-piece rock covers band will reform for one night only, belting out classic hits from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who and Pink Floyd to more contemporary bands such as The Killers and The Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

There will also be a raffle, where prizes donated by local businesses will be dished out to some lucky revellers. Prizes range from a gliding experience with RAF Halton’s Gliding club and a case of beer from the local brewery to meals with wine in various restaurants and many more.

Tom said. “I’m really looking forward to making some noise with the band and raising some cash for SSAFA. “After witnessing acts of heroism from the guys and girls of the Armed Forces over recent years, SSAFA Forces Help feels like the obvious choice to raise funds for. The event’s quickly gathering pace and with only 100 tickets available, the chances of winning a raffle prize are really high,” he added.

Copycats drummer, Nick Ribiero from Bicester said: “It’s been great to get the band together for this special event. Early rehearsals suggest we are in better shape than ever before. And with some great prizes up for grabs, and a few surprises on the night, it will be a terrific show! Wendover, get ready!”

Tom and the band hope to raise over £1500.00 for SSAFA Forces Help. SSAFA spokesperson, Megan Bailey said, Tickets and further info can be found at: facebook.com/rockindown. For further information, please contact Tom on 07709 402087 or at Thomas.robinson940@mod.uk.

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