A Variety Concert 'Fit for Heroes'
The Queens Theatre Hornchurch was the venue chosen by Producer Bandsman Tom Hoyles for the second variety show produced for the Romford Corps Friendship Club on Wednesday 7th September 2011. Supported by The London North East Fellowship Band under the leadership of Bandmaster Ken Hillson, Compere Major James Williams of THQ presented a varied and thrilling programme of fun and music in which the audience participated with great enthusiasm. Other performers were William Byrne, tenor and David Stanley , piano. A Prayer for the afternoon was made by Major Sarah Evans and A ‘Pause for Thought’ was led by Major. Mel Robinson who outlined the work of his mission for the people of Rumania, explaining how Jesus command to Peter to ‘feed my lambs’ (John 21:15-17 ) motivated him to undertake the work of his mission.
The afternoon was organised as a fund raising event for the charities ‘Help For Heroes’ and ‘The Work of The Salvation Army In Rumania’. Playing to a near theatre capacity audience allowed the presentation of a cheque for £1000 to be made to each of the charities by Major David Evans, C.O. of Romford Corps.
The concert was rounded off with a further item by the band and items by pupils of The Eastwood School who are studying performing arts under the tutelage of David Stanley, who then led an enthusiastic and cheering audience to a climactic sing-along of old favourites including Lily Marlene, There’ll Be Bluebirds Over The White Cliffs of Dover and We'll Meet Again. A wonderfully successful afternoon which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. With such a resounding success, a third concert is already under consideration for next year.
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