Tyneside GP's band raises funding for poppy appeal

A Tyneside band featuring a GP bassist will release a single next week to raise funding for the Royal British Legion ahead of this year's Remembrance Day.

Poppy appeal: GP's single will raise funding
Poppy appeal: GP's single will raise funding

South Shields GP Dr Colin Bradshaw is playing with north-east roots group the Celia Bryce Band, whose single May Day 1916 tells the story of a woman's letters to her husband on the frontline during the First World War.

All proceeds from the song - co-written by local pharmacist Tony Schofield, and also featuring practice manager Lee Cramman - will go to the Royal British Legion.

May Day 1916

Dr Bradshaw said: 'The woman's letter isn't about her troubles at home without him nor about her husband's at the Front. It's the stuff of everyday life at home, the May Day celebrations, their small family, their house, their garden. It's a life the soldier's left behind, the memory of which he clings to, like a glimpse of heaven, while he's stuck in the hell that is the Great War. It's one woman's letter, but it could be every woman's letter during wartime.'

The EP will be available on CD or to download via Amazon, iTunes and other retailers from 14 October.

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