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Thursday, 30 July 2015

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Singers wow crowd

THE Voices for Hospice event raised the roof at the Lisdoonie Hotel in Abbey Road, Barrow.

The event, held on Thursday evening, paired well-known people from the community with local entertainers to produce a musical extravaganza to raise money for St Mary’s Hospice in Ulverston.

Some 180 packed into the hotel’s ballroom to watch a show which raised £1,367 for the charity.

The event was kicked off by compere Pete Murphy, who introduced the first pair – Barrow town centre and festivals manager Ann Taylforth and Danielle McCauley.

The crowd were treated to a bouncy rendition of Build Me Up Buttercup, which got the crowd clapping along.

Barrow AFC commercial manager Martin Lewis joined Dan Clark from Codejak, whilst the hospice’s own Sue McGraw and Melissa Thompson sported matching outfits for the Steps song One for Sorrow.

The Evening Mail’s Rob Johnson took the role of the Edge, with flamboyant entertainer Pete Thompson playing Bono for a rendition of U2’s With or Without You. And the pint-sized news editor blew the crowd away with a powerful performance.

Dalton’s the Reverend Alan Mitchell joined veteran entertainer Dennis Hume on stage, and Barrow AFC legend Neil ‘the Doc’ Doherty and Beth Wilkes set their stall out as early favourites with a great version of Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me.

After a short break when a stampede was avoided at the buffet, the music resumed as the pairs performed their second number of the evening.

CodeJak singer Dan Clarke looked more at ease singing Foo Fighters hit The Pretender with partner Martin Lewis donning a blonde wig which made him look more like Pat Sharp than Dave Grohl.

Sue McGraw and Melissa Thompson again went for a matching theme, with some sparkly headgear, as they belted out Edge of Glory.

And the crowd got more than they bargained for as Pete Thompson stripped to his boxers and gyrated alongside Rob Johnson during Disco 2000.

And they were also treated to a raunchy performance of Cry Me a River by Poole Townsend’s Martin Oates and Lisa Hart.

The Bay’s Rochelle Berry joined local singer Lindsey for a stirring rendition of Adele’s Set Fire to the Rain.

Janet Helm from Cumbria Fire and Rescue and Sarah Talbot ended the performance to rapturous applause from the increasingly enthusiastic audience.

And it was the former AFC winger Doherty and vocalist Beth Wilkes who snatched the trophy by one vote.

Have your say

Well done Neil for winning the competition. I remember you always used to reach a few high notes when a big centre halfs boot came in your direction, remember the Duvet tackle?! You are a Star! Keep raising the money for such a great cause.

Posted by Mike Clousdale on 31 October 2011 at 13:23

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