Musicians rally round to raise cash for flood-hit areas

The Lytham Youth Choir
The Lytham Youth Choir
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Musicians across Fylde are rallying round to stage a special event in support of the victims of the Christmas floods in Lancashire.

A concert to raise funds for the Lancashire Flood Recovery Appeal is being held in St Annes later this month – and performers have been quick to offer their services, while businesses are donating prizes for a raffle to be held on the night.

St Annes musician Andy Severyn

St Annes musician Andy Severyn

The concert, to be held at our Lady Star of the Sea Parish Centre, St Albans Road, on Saturday, January 16, is being organised by Andy Severyn, a songwriter and music teacher based in St Annes, who felt he had to do something to help after being moved by scenes from locations such as Whalley and Ribchester in the Ribble Valley which attracted national coverage on Boxing Day.

“I saw how the floods have affected so many people, and asked myself what I could do as well as giving a few quid,” said Andy.

“As a songwriter and music teacher I thought I could get together with a few to raise a bit of cash, but the response has been wonderful and a testament to the great community we have in Lytham and St Annes.

“People have offered to sing, sell tickets, give to the raffle, help with sound, set things up on the day and so on and we’ll be collecting for the Lancashire Flood Recovery Appeal.”

As well as Andy himself, Lytham Youth Choir will be performing along with locally-based acts including Chelle Cartmell and Dave Flanagan, Jennifer Love, Rosie Carter-Rothwell, Frank Osman, Ian Curley, Gill Pope, Dean Kelly and Ray Williams.

Graham Warrington, director of Lytham Youth Choir, which evolved from the Lytham Community Choir, which he also directs, said: “The youngsters in Lytham Youth Choir were very keen to offer their services and help raise some money after seeing the devastation of the floods over Christmas.

“The choir is part of the music centre at St Bede’s High School in Lytham and is comprised of local primary schools including St Peter’s, Lytham CE and Hall Park as well as St Bede’s pupils. It was formed following the success of Lytham Community Choir and now often performs alongside them. At the concert, we hope to be singing a selection of songs, including an Andrew Lloyd Webber medley.”

Tickets, price £5 for adults, £3 for children and £14 for a family of four, are available from Storytellers Inc bookshop, The Crescent, St Annes and Lytham Funeral Services, Clifton Street, Lytham,

• More details of the Flood Recovery Appeal at mydonate.bt.com/events/lancsfloodappeal/