Bra-vo for the Heevages

EMMA OUTTEN The sad loss of legendary presenter John Peel will be felt by naughty Norfolk songsters the Cleaving Heevages this Christmas. The veteran DJ had been lined up to add his unforgettable voice to the intro and for the new Cleaving Heevages CD, Storm in a D Cup.

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The sad loss of legendary presenter John Peel will be felt by naughty Norfolk songsters the Cleaving Heevages this Christmas.

The veteran DJ had been lined up to add his unforgettable voice to the intro and for the new Cleaving Heevages CD, Storm in a D Cup.

Lyricist Mrs Cleavage (aka Sarah Bristow) was fortunate enough to meet John for the first time three years ago (most recently she had attended his 65th birthday party at his home in Suffolk), and he was happy to support and uplift the saucy songsters latest charity CD. Despite the fact, as Mrs Cleavage freely admitted, that it was “not his music by any means!”

John, who had discovered dozens of major bands during 40 years of broadcasting, died in October while on holiday in Peru with his wife.

Deflated at the thought of having to find a last-minute replacement, Mrs Cleavage herself has added her spoken voice, as well as her singing voice, to the CD.

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The Cleaving Heevages have raised thousands off pounds for cancer charities over the years and the band hope to raise a further £8000 from sales of Storm in a D Cup, which, fittingly, will go to Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

The eight piece band, formed more than 12 years ago, play their own songs and a few cover versions with saucy lyrics and a wry sense of humour that has made them favourites of all age groups and they play mainly at private functions.

They have cavorted in their inimitable fashion at weddings, parties, radio and television across East Anglia, leaving a flurry of red feathers in their slipstream.

Their first CD was Rum Ol' Do, sold in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care. It was all about Norfolk and included tracks from Stephen Fry, The Nimmo Twins, Sid Skipper, Roy Waller, John Timpson, Malcolm Bradbury, John Francis, Trisha Goddard, Carol Bundock and Helen McDermott.

Then, in 2002, they launched Bucking Frilliant, in aid of Cancer Research. All three CDs have been recorded in cahoots with the “very civil” engineers at Purple Studios, Trowse.

The band's staunch support for cancer charities followed the loss of former band member, Kate Linton, (aka Slack Alice) who lost her life to cancer seven years ago. Kate was a PE teacher, head of personal and social education and a year head at Blyth Jex High School and was diagnosed with atypical plasma leukaemia 14 months ago before her death, at the age of 33.

“She put up such a battle,” said Mrs Cleavage, “it looked as though she was going to make it.”

There are 16 tracks on the latest charity CD, with some hidden extras, and Mrs Cleavage pointed out that it is mildly shocking (parental guidance is called for). It begins with a track called Buxomside and the list goes rapidly downhill from there.

During the Cleaving Heevages' extensive research on the subject of breasts, it seems there are 240 known words for breasts, dating back to the 17th century, and some are listed on the inside sleeve of the CD.

But there is a serious message inside, too. As Mrs Cleavage says in the intro: “If you find a lump or bump that shouldn't be there, on your chest, or a friend's chest, or even on a complete stranger's chest, don't just sit on it . . . get it checked out.”

Mrs Cleavage and band members Miss Vixen and Saxual Favours have all been checked out for breast cancer in the past.

Mrs Cleavage (who by day is a stained glass artist) is hoping for a great turn out at the launch night.

She said: “The evening will be ideal for people who aren't having Christmas parties.”

And she added: “It's a work ethic that we go out and have a laugh and try and make other people laugh.

“Every time we go out we make sure we have a good time because life can be horribly short.”

The Cleaving Heevages will be launching their new CD, Storm in a D Cup in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer, tonight, December 16, at 8pm at The Talk, Oak Street, Norwich. Ticket price £5 on the door.

CDs (price £10) are available from Jarrold, Virgin, HMV, Academy of Sound and Bookmark, or can be ordered by making a cheque payable to Breakthrough Breast Cancer, for £11 (£10 + £1 p&p), and addressing it to: Mrs Cleavage, Glassworks Studio, 85 Unthank Road, Norwich, NR2 2PE. She can be e-mailed on mrscleavagedd@hotmail.com

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