August 1 2014 Latest news:
Sunday, March 23, 2014
A tuneful crowd of more than 600 people brought Holt High Street to a standstill on Saturday.
Students and staff from Gresham’s school were joined by people who work, live, study or play in the town in a singing flash mob.
They sang classic Beatles hits Hey Jude and With a Little Help from my Friends as well as Imagine by John Lennon.
Holt High Street was closed during the performances, which were between 8am and 9am on Saturday.
The sing-a-long, next to Holt war memorial, raised £500 for Holt Youth Project, which helps young people to fulfil their potential.
Tom Appleton, music outreach director at Gresham’s, who organised the event, said: “To my knowledge nothing like this has ever happened before in Holt.
“We billed it as the biggest choir Holt has ever seen or heard.
“I thought this would be a good way of bringing our community together and it was really fantastic.
“There was a brilliant turnout and people of all ages and from all walks of life taking part.”
Mr Appleton is a professional singer who tours with the Monteverdi choir and a former pupil of Gresham’s.
He re-joined the school in September.
He added: “We’ve all raised a fantastic amount of money for Holt Youth Project and they are delighted.
“I’d love to now be able to do this every year to raise money for the project.”