From WW2 troops to singing with the Anchor Community Band

The Anchor Community Band encompasses people from across the ages and this week an octogenarian from Bethnal Green who used to sing to the troops in the Second World War, has recorded a solo piece on the Band’s charity song.


Vera Welch, 86, who lives at Silk Court care home in London joined staff and older people living in other care homes and retirement properties from across the capital to record the song.


Vera, who enlisted with the Entertainments National Service Association (ENSA) during WWII, has spent weeks rehearsing.


She said: “Music has played such a big part of my life. After the War, I was the lead singer for 25 years with The Tommy De Rosa band, which was one of the big bands at the time and performed at all the top hotels in West End.


“I loved every minute so to sing decades later on this charity record is fabulous. I am really excited about being in a band again.


“Rehearsing with lots of other older people living in other Anchor properties has been such an amazing experience.”


Silk Court’s Manager Marcia Forsyth said everyone was keen to add their voice to the record. 

She said: “For the majority of the Band members this is the first time they will perform in front of a microphone but Vera loved being back in the limelight and sung fantastically."


We will keep sharing news and updates from the Band on our Anchor Community Band pages so keep your eyes peeled!

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