Blackpool stars record charity single

Blackpool FC players joined forces with youngsters from the Blackpool and Fylde Children's Pantomime Group to record a song, with proceeds going towards coach Gary Parkinson's charity fund.'Brett Ormerod clearly enjoying himself. PIC BY ROB LOCK'17-1-2011

Blackpool FC players joined forces with youngsters from the Blackpool and Fylde Children's Pantomime Group to record a song, with proceeds going towards coach Gary Parkinson's charity fund.'Brett Ormerod clearly enjoying himself. PIC BY ROB LOCK'17-1-2011

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Blackpool FC stars have swapped the football pitch for a recording studio to put their voices to a charity single.

Ian Holloway and his side joined youngsters from Blackpool and Fylde’s children’s pantomime to raise money for sick coach Gary Parkinson and Donna’s Dream House.

Charlie Adam as a backing singer

Charlie Adam as a backing singer

The single, which will be on sale at the end of the week, features lyrics from famous Seasiders’ chants.

And striker Luke Varney, who usually orchestrates Pool’s attacks, said: “I’ve done some modelling since I came to Blackpool and now I’ve done singing, I’m becoming multi-talented.”

“My voice is disgraceful so I’m glad we had plenty of backing singing. After doing that I have huge respect for anyone who gets on stage and performs, it was pretty nerve-wracking.

“We love doing things like this for such a great cause.”

Parkinson, the club’s youth team coach, is on the long road to recovery after suffering a stroke in September.

The 42-year-old was left with locked-in syndrome, a condition of almost total paralysis.

A charity has been set-up by Derek Spence, of Blackpool FC’s Community Trust, to raise money for the popular coach’s family.

He said: “There’s no quick fix for the situation Gary’s in, it’s something we need to keep in the public eye. So I can’t thank the lads and Ian Holloway enough for getting involved. The fact the players have given up their time yet again for Gary is fantastic.

“Let’s hope we have a number one on our hands.”

Stars including captain Charlie Adam, David Vaughan and Elliot Grandin all sang their hearts out despite only being given the lyrics five minutes before recording.

And tough-tackling defender Ian Evatt told The Gazette he fancies his chances of a pop career after getting involved.

He added: “None of us have the best voices in the world, but it’s for a great cause and a bit of fun too.”