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All-girl group formed to release fundraising Poppy Appeal single
AN ALL-GIRL group has been formed to release an official fundraising Poppy Appeal 2013 single, with one of its singers hailing from Northallerton, North Yorkshire.
The Poppy Girls, made up of Charlotte Mellor, 17, who has roots in Consett and Stanley and spent her early years in Northallerton; Megan Adams, 10, from Stirling, Scotland; Florence Random, 10, from Hampshire; Alice Milburn, 13, from Portsmouth; and Bethany Davey, 15, from Kent.
The girls all have fathers currently serving in the Royal Navy, Army or Royal Air Force, and were picked after a nationwide search for talent among Forces families by Charles Byrne, head of fundraising at the Royal British Legion.
RBL worked with Decca Records in the search that was confined to children who had a parent or sibling serving here or overseas. After a series of online auditions from more than 1,000 hopefuls, eager to perform in front of the Queen at the Festival of Remembrance in the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday, November 10, the final short list went into the studio for a gruelling selection process – and The Poppy Girls were formed.
Charlotte now goes to boarding school in Cambridge and her parents live in Wolverhampton.
Her father is a Padre and Wing Commander in the RAF and has moved around the country eight times.
She said: “I didn’t want to audition at first but my dad persuaded me and I got a call back within an hour – since then it has been a whirlwind of rehearsals every weekend in London with the other girls.
“We have become so close I can’t imagine not being around them now.
“I really love the song – it is about saying goodbye to our families and it does mean a lot to us.”
The Poppy Girls single The Call (no need to say goodbye) can be pre-ordered now on iTunes and Amazon and goes on general sale on Remembrance Sunday, November 10.
Mr Byrne believes the single will give a huge boost to the Poppy Appeal.
He said: “This is a hauntingly beautiful track sung by a group of girls who know what it means to have family members constantly placed in harm’s way.
“We have a major theme in this year’s Poppy Appeal around families, so there is no more powerful way of reflecting that than through the voices of these exceptionally talented young people.”
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