CHESTERFIELD: RNLI fundraising concert raises £552

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Last Saturday evening, Whittington Moor Methodist Church was filled to capacity, when members of Peak Performance presented a concert for the local branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

The concert featured ‘Music from the Musicals’ with choir, soloists and duettists performing spirited renderings from ‘My Fair Lady’, ‘Phantom of the Opera’ and the ever popular ‘Les Miserables’, as well as a number of light amusing items.

Surprise guest artists were pupils of Grassmoor Primary School, under the guidance of teacher Mrs Leyland, accompanied on the guitar by Andrew Bradley, who have been studying the R.N.L.I. as part of their school work, and performed ‘Home, home from the sea’, the tale of a lifeboat rescue, most movingly. Everyone was more surprised to see that the children remained for the second half of the concert, and entertained the audience with ‘Michael row the boat ashore’, complete with actions, and audience participation.

Interval refreshments were provided by members of Whittington Moor Methodist Church, a raffle was held with seven prizes, and the R.N.L.I. souvenir stall was present, manned by Mark Dale.

At the end of the concert, R.N.L.I. branch chairman gave a vote of thanks to Peak Performance, and to the pupils of Grassmoor Primary School, along with a small gift in appreciation of the children’s performance.

The concert raised a magnificent total of just over £552, which is earmarked for the appeal for a tractor and launching trailer for the new all weather Shannon class lifeboat due to be stationed at Ilfracombe later next year.