THE 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain will be celebrated in style at the airbase at the centre of Britain's fight for survival.

Re-enactors in genuine period costumes will take Bentley Priory, in Stanmore, back to its heyday as the home of Fighter Command during the Second World War.

The historic rooms and corridors of its Grade II listed mansion house and grounds will be open to the public on Saturday from 10am to 5pm.

There will be a Spitfire and Hurricane flypast at 3.10pm.

On Sunday, there will be a concert in aid of Harrow charity St Luke's Hospice, with performances by the Voice in a Million Children's Choir, Gregg McCann and the Hands of Jazz and the Harrow Apollo Male Choir.

Tickets are still available for the event, which runs from 2pm until 5pm, and cost £18.50.

Squadron leader Erica Ferguson, of the Bentley Priory Battle of Britain Trust, said: “With this being the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain this is a perfect time to visit the home of Fighter Command.

“We have got re-enactors coming who will provide an opportunity to relive what was going on here and to take Bentley Priory back to what it was 70 years ago.”

The mansion house is due to be turned into a museum commemorating the Battle of Britain and the sacrifices of “the Few” who gave their lives to protect the country from the Nazis.

The project depends on money from a housing project elsewhere in the grounds and was thrown into jeopardy in 2009 after the collapse of the housing market.

But the base was put back on the market this year and money raised through the open days will go either towards the museum or St Luke's.

Squadron leader Ferguson said: “Hopefully these will be the last Heritage Open Days before the renovation for the museum starts.”

The Voice in a Million Children's Choir is releasing an album on Monday called Smile featuring wartime songs.

Money raised will go to the British Forces Foundation and The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust.

Anyone who wants tickets to Sunday's concert can contact Jemini Shah on 0208 382 8018, or via email at