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Whitely Bay care home’s ukulele band are preparing to record debut single


A passionate group of musicians and singers are pioneering in the their efforts to top the charts with a charity debut single to raise money to combat social isolation in the elderly.   The project is also looking to expand to include other care homes across the UK.

The group have been rehearsing at Tomlinson Court care home in Whitely Bay, North Tyneside.  Among those taking to the stage is 89-year-old Louie Rigby, who will be a solo singer on the finished record.  Louie, who has been singing since the age of two, said: “The real work starts now.

“We’ve got a few weeks of rehearsals before we look to record the song.”

Also taking part are Everel Bramley, Olive Symington, Lorna Robertson and Del Thoburn from South Shields, who have formed a ukulele band, and Wadsla Lozinski, a 90-year-old violinist from Whitley Bay.

Staff members and residents from Tomlinson Court, Cranlea in Kingston Park, Newcastle, Burnbank House in Longbenton, and Hadrian Lodge in South Shields make up the chorus. Michele Alderson, activity co-ordinator at Cranlea, said: “Our rehearsals are going really well, everyone is really enjoying it. The singing was beautiful and the musicians played beautifully.

“I am really proud of what everyone has achieved.”

The band will eventually team up with care homes from all over the UK to record See Yourself, which was written by Anchor wellbeing manager Carl Martin using information from questionnaires filled in by hundreds of older people.

All the money raised from sales will go to Contact the Elderly, which aims to combat loneliness and social isolation faced by many over 75 who live alone. Louie, who has lived at Tomlinson Court for 12 years, said she was looking forward to the challenge of getting the record into the charts.

She said: “The song is so powerful because the words reflect the life experiences of older people across the country. I hope lots of people buy the record because it’s a true celebration of older people’s achievements.

“It should hopefully raise lots of money for Contact the Elderly, which is such a worthwhile cause.”

Keith Arscott, director at Contact the Elderly, said: “We can’t wait for the single to be released. The money raised will be invaluable in helping extend our vital lifeline of friendship.”THEY are more rocking chair than rock ’n’ roll, but these pensioners are hoping to top the charts.

Staff and residents from care homes across Tyneside have teamed up to form a band.

And now the Anchor Community Band is preparing to record a debut single.

Source: Chroncile Live

Compare Care Homes wish wish the group all the best in their efforts in this pioneering project.

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