Anchor Community Band members travel the length of the country in bid to reach the Top 40

Older people from a care home in Southport joined Anchor Community Band members from the North West to record their charity song for the charts last week.

 

Nell Clark, 90, who has lived at Anchor’s Thomas Henshaw Court care home in Norwood Road for three years, and friends Celia Wagstaff and Pearl Allen journeyed in a minibus to Manchester College where pupils recorded them singing.

 

More than 150 people from across the country will be singing segments of the song this month, which will be mixed by a professional record producer in London.

 

The Anchor Community Band project was launched last November and all the money raised from the sales of the record produced will be donated to charity Contact the Elderly which organises monthly Sunday tea parties for older people who live alone.

 

Grandmother Nell, who had spent weeks rehearsing the song, said she was thrilled to be singing on a record which would be released for the single charts.

She said: “This was the first time I have ever sung on a record and it was an exciting experience. My family think it’s a brilliant thing for me to have done.

“It’s a really powerful song because the words are telling younger people we are exactly the same as them but just a bit older.”

 

Thomas Henshaw Court Activity Co-ordinator Beverley McConnachie, who drove the trio to Manchester for the recording, said everyone had been looking forward to adding their voice to the record.

She said: “For the majority of the older people in the Anchor Community Band this was the first time they were in a recording studio. It was such an exciting experience for everyone.

“The older people have worked so hard during the rehearsals and recordings that I hope people of Southport will support them by downloading or buying the record when it is released later this year.”

 

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