Concert raises cash to tune of £2,000 for RNLI

STRING FAVOURITES: Hartlepool Ukulele Group.
STRING FAVOURITES: Hartlepool Ukulele Group.

LIFESAVERS have been given a vital funding boost thanks to a night of music and song.

The charitable members of Hartlepool Rotary Club held a Musical Evening to give something back to the relentless and heroic work of the town branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

MUSICAL EVENING: Hartlepool Community Choir under the direction of George Colley.

MUSICAL EVENING: Hartlepool Community Choir under the direction of George Colley.

A capacity crowd of 210 people packed into Hartlepool College of Further Education, in Stockton Street, to watch fantastic performances from the talented singers from Hartlepool Community Choir, and dulcet tones and strings of the ever-popular Hartlepool Ukulele Group (HUG).

The event raised more than £2,000 for the cause.

The Community Choir opened the evening with some maritime-themed numbers including Away from the Roll of the Sea, and the Mingulay Boat Song.

They then continued with popular songs including Black Hills of Dakota, Love Changes Everything, and Chatanooga Choo Choo.

We had a great night with fantastic performances from the choir and the ukulele group.

Rotary president Barbra Midgley

The singers concluded the first half with a lively and inspiring rendition of Thank You for the Music.

After the interval the Ukulele Group performed a series of favourites from across the decades including Five Foot Two with a twenties medley, the iconic Leaning on a Lamp Post, an Elvis revival, and the Hartlepool Monkey Song – with Elvis and the monkey making guest appearances.

The evening ended with a joint performance of Home from the Sea with the audience joining in the choruses heartily.

Rotary president Barbra Midgley said: “We had a great night with fantastic performances from the choir and the ukulele group. The audience obviously thoroughly enjoyed the evening and often joined in the singing.”

LOVING IT: Part of the audience at the Rotary Club music night.

LOVING IT: Part of the audience at the Rotary Club music night.

She added: “The professionalism of both groups was evident throughout and I must thank them for all of the time they spent rehearsing to provide such wonderful and lively entertainment for us.

“With their support, the college’s support, and a terrific response from the people of Hartlepool, we managed to raise £2,009.”

Barbra said that she had chosen the local RNLI as her charity for the year and was delighted that the Rotary Club would now be donating just under £3000 to the Hartlepool Lifeboat when the proceeds from a Christmas Coffee morning were added to the money raised at the Musical Evening.

Rotary Club president Barbra Midgley with the Hartlepool Ukulele Group monkey mascot.

Rotary Club president Barbra Midgley with the Hartlepool Ukulele Group monkey mascot.