The special open-air Bournemouth Air Festival service returns to the Lower Gardens next weekend.

Now in its fourth year, the service organised by St Peter’s Church takes place at 10am on Sunday, September 2, with RAF squadron leader Rebecca Cannon preaching.

The gathering is also supported by members of the Boscombe Salvation Army band.

The group are set to provide lively and spirited music to encourage people to join in the singing of a selection of hymns.

Last year, pouring rain attempted to dampen the service. In light of this, organisers plan to move the service to St Peter’s Church, which is just a short walk away and able to accommodate more than 500 people.

Rev Ian Terry, Bournemouth Town Centre team rector, said: “We are very grateful to Boscombe Salvation Army band.

“We are also very grateful for the strong support we have received from the RAF, who are celebrating their 100th anniversary this year, represented by Squadron Leader Padre Rebecca Cannon, who is travelling from RAF Benson, in Oxfordshire, to preach to us.

“Anyone and everyone who would like to join us for this rather fun act of ecumenical Christian witness should feel welcome, rain or shine,” Rev Terry added.

“Let’s get this firmly established as a fundamental part of the Air Festival’s celebrations.”