Community choir organises concert to raise funds for Launchpad A Newcastle-based community choir will be holding a special concert this November to raise money for our North East veterans. The ‘Lest We Forget’ concert will be performed by Sing United at Whitley Bay Playhouse on Sunday 10th November at 6pm. More than 150 voices and a five-piece band will be led by musical director, Mark Deeks, and a collection on the night will provide the culmination of a term’s fundraising by Sing United for Veterans’ charity Launchpad, which provides accommodation and support to veterans at Avondale House in Byker. Launchpad’s Avondale House is the largest veterans house in Newcastle comprising 32 self-contained flats and the charity also has a house in Liverpool, which includes 48 bedsits. Veterans can live in the houses for a period of up to two years while they receive targeted support to help them transition back into civilian life following leave from the military. Many artists have turned to songs when wanting to speak out against the horror of war, pause for reflection, pay tribute, or simply remember. In ‘Lest We Forget’, Sing United offers its own contribution of musical remembrance. Classic anti-war anthems from Marvin Gaye and George Harrison sit alongside tales of American conflicts by artists such as Bob Marley and Johnny Horton. There will be a very special ‘Songs For England Medley’, and closer to home, Sing United continues to support north east artists, as they also include music from Teesside’s The Young’uns, and their story of Johnny Longstaff as he went from begging on the streets, to fighting against fascism at The Battle of Cable Street. Staff and veterans’ living at Avondale House will also be attending. Phil Thompson, Manager of Avondale House, said: “We are very grateful to Mark and the choir for choosing to support Launchpad. As a charity, we rely on corporate donations and fundraising initiatives from organisations and individuals to help us to continue to provide the services we deliver for our veterans. “The support we receive will be reinvested to improve facilities at the house, making it inviting and creating an environment for residents to relax in. A lot of veterans will appreciate this gesture and we are really looking forward to watching the performance.” Mark Deeks, Sing United Musical Director, said: “Sing United has a passion for supporting our local community through our songs with meaning. During every show, we perform great music to our supporters, but actually SAY something, to MEAN something, and to ACHIEVE something for our community. We’re really proud to be supporting Launchpad and the incredible work they do with our ‘Lest We Forget’ show.” The choir was created by Mark to capture the positive potential of people and music by bringing them together to sing and create a fun environment for all. Each term, Sing United choose a different charity or cause for their concerts to support. Every project features music and messages made in or about the North East. Tickets for the concert went on sale this morning and are available to buy from Ticketmaster and the Whitley Bay Playhouse website at www.playhousewhitleybay.co.uk or by calling the booking hotline number 0844 248 1588 open 10am-4pm Mon-Fri and 10.30am-2.30pm Saturday’s. Tickets cost £16.40 each or £11.90 for a concession. The concert takes place at Whitley Bay Playhouse, Marine Ave, Whitley Bay, NE26 1LZ.