Local Bridlington singing group BridBeat Charity Singers have just completed their third year of charity concerts which has helped to raise around £27,000 for various charities since their formation.
Originally formed when a few members wanted to continue performing after Bridlington Classic Pop Singers folded, the group were initially helped with donations from individuals, a local employer, Bridlington Round Table, Bridlington Lions and Bridlington Rotary Club. The donations were used to cover costs towards purchasing a PA system. This catalyst helped to create a unique singing group who have progressed to raising further funds for good causes.
Mike Skelton, secretary of the club, said “BridBeat members come from all walks of life, some retired and some still working.” They cover a wide age range from around age 25 to aged 75, proving that ‘old rock & rollers never die’. “The thing they all have in common is that they wish to sing and entertain for good causes whilst enjoying themselves and remaining ‘young at heart’, explained Mike
Group Chairman Lawrence Clough said “We have performed at a wide range of venues from residential homes to village halls to pubs, clubs and the Bridlington Spa Royal Hall during the last 3 years.
“No matter how large or small the venue every performance is important to us. We sing the popular songs from the 50’s, 60’s 70’s and 80’s that everyone loves to hear and it is not always about raising money for charity – sometimes it is just about bringing a little light to peoples lives and seeing the joy in audiences faces when our songs bring back memories for people in the twilight of their years during performances at residential homes.
BridBeat Charity Singers are already booking up quickly for 2017 with concerts planned or penciled in for Bridlington Lions, North Wolds Lions, a concert at Applegarth Lane residential home, a number of concerts for the British Legions’ Alderson House convalescent home. Concerts are also booked in for local villages such as Flamborough (at Flamborough Golf Club), Barmston village Hall and Boynton Village Hall.
BridBeat Charity Singers secretary Mike Skelton said “Our Musical Director, June Clough, likes to restrict our number of singers to around 20 as this is a manageable number sufficient for our harmonies.” This means we currently have room for 3 more singers, consequently, if you enjoy singing and entertaining, fancy having a good time and would like to take part in concerts for a combination of charitable and good causes give me a call for of how you can become involved.
If anyone wishes to organize a charity fund raising event for their own charity Bridbeat will happily perform a concert free of charge so that all the money raised goes to the organizers charity. To ensure you get your requested date booked in phone early and speak to our secretary Diane as BridBeat are already highly in demand for 2017. Alternatively check out our facebook page ‘BridBeat Charity Singers’ to find out a little more about us.