By Stephanie Tye
TUCKED away behind one of the main thoroughfares of Woodstock is the Soldiers Of Oxfordshire Museum.
The £3.2m museum, in Park Street, was opened by Princess Anne in 2014 and is home to a collection of artefacts from the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry and the Queen's Own Oxfordshire Hussars.
It was the location for our photocall with Save The Last Dance cast members Antony Costa, best known as a member of boy band Blue, and Jason Denton, who after working up a sweat with British Military Fitness instructor Jason Field, took the chance to look round some of the exhibits.
One reason behind the visit was to promote Armed Forces Day, which takes place on Saturday (June 25) and the theatre is supporting.
As part of the annual campaign, which gives people the opportunity to show their support for the men and women of the Armed Forces past and present, including currently serving troops, Service families, Reservists, veterans and cadets, on June 25 the New Theatre is offering £10 off a pair of tickets to the show (price bands A & B) the following month, as well as holding giveaways for those who book in person.
We have also offer tickets to the Saturday performance of Let It Be to Tickets For Troops.
The Soldiers Of Oxfordshire Museum was built following a number of years of fundraising by members of the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Trust.
Work on building the dedicated building began in 2012 and staff and volunteers moved in at the end of 2013, before opening their doors to the public in January 2014.
Speaking about the visit, Museum Director, Ursula Corcoran said "Our staff, volunteers and visitors all loved having the cast of 'Save the Last Dance for Me' at the Museum today There's a huge interest in military themed events and shows throughout the region and SOFO is always pleased to help generate interest in the world of the military."
The museum is open, Tuesday - Saturdays 10am-5pm and Sundays, 2pm - 5pm. For more information on the museum, log on to www.sofo.org.uk
Save The Last Dance For Me is a nostalgic, feel-good journey that will transport you back to music's golden era as we follow two teenage sisters through the summer of '63. Two sisters holiday without their parents for the first time and meet a handsome young American who invites them to a dance at the local U.S. Air force base.
But young love and holiday romance is never as simple as it sounds, and the sisters soon realise that while the world around them is still watching itself in black and white, life and love can be much more colourful.
Book tickets at www.atgtickets.com/oxford