Free concert to be held at King’s Lynn’s Corn Exchange for charity

A night of sea songs and shanties will echo around King's Lynn's historic Corn Exchange next week to boost funds for the EDP We Care Appeal.

A night of sea songs and shanties will echo around King's Lynn's historic Corn Exchange next week to boost funds for the EDP We Care Appeal.

The free concert will see performances by the Old Wild Rovers, We Care Choir and the Harbour View from 7.30pm next Wednesday.

Together, the acts will offer a mix of classical voices, contemporary rock and traditional sea shanty songs as well as performing traditional songs from the sea.

Brian Siller, member of the Old Wild Rovers, said: 'More than 20 amateur and semi-professional musicians have worked really hard to put together a fascinating evening of contrasting arrangements of sea songs and shanties.'


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He added: 'There will be lots to sing along to and with some surprises up our sleeve, it's going to be a great night.'

It will be the second time the Old Wild Rovers have performed to raise funds for the EDP We Care Appeal and have raised �140,000 for charity since their formed 12 years ago.

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The EDP We Care Appeal was originally launched in October 1998 and raised �1m by December 2009 but it is now hoped �2m can be raised.

The appeal raises money to give practical and financial support to carers in Norfolk through the Norfolk Millennium Trust for Carers.

The money is then given for short breaks to give carers a holiday, leisure activities and domestic appliances and computers.

Lady Mary Colman, president of the appeal, said: 'For most people caring is a rewarding experience which they do because they want to.

'But there are times when the sense of frustration or sheer exhaustion makes their task almost too much to cope with.'

Next week's free concert follows an evening of laughs at Norwich Playhouse in July as some of Norfolk's best-known journalists took part in a special show for the EDP We Care Appeal.

EDP editor Peter Waters was joined by two of his most experienced district men, Richard Batson and Ian Clarke, along with EDP Sunday columnist Keith Skipper to reveal a few tricks of their proud trade for the show Happy Headliners!.

Tickets for the concert in King's Lynn are available from the Corn Exchange ticket office. A retiring collection will be made at the end of the concert.

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