Armed Forces Weekend: Military Wives on song at musical extravaganza
THE chart-topping Military Wives wowed the crowds at a musical extravaganza in Cleethorpes last night.
Fresh from their success as part of the official Diamond Jubilee song, Sing, written by Gary Barlow and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, members of the Wives Choirs headlined the Military Tattoo at Meridian Park.
Spokeswoman Sarah McAllister – whose husband is in the Army's medical corps – said performing at events like Armed Forces Weekend is incredibly important to the wives.
She added: "We started the Catterick Wags choir two years ago to give wives and girlfriends a reason to get together once a week and have fun while supporting each other through the hard times.
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"We asked the BBC and Gareth Malone to be involved in the launch but it was the wrong time and we were too far north.
"He eventually did the Military Wives programme for the BBC in Plymouth and set up a choir down there.
"There are now 26 established choirs and 15 about to start up so we are the Military Wives Choirs and different groups team up for different events.
"Cleethorpes is the first time we've worked with Dishforth choir and a few of their members are from the resort so it's been fantastic.
"When our partners are away on deployment in Afghanistan it gives us something positive to keep us occupied and helps us through. Even our children sing with us now."