Russian singer-songwriter Daria Kulesh pens song in memory of Gladys Nuttall
THE memory of Gladys Nuttall, the popular woman who brought donkeys to Cleethorpes, will live on through song.
The story of Mrs Nuttall – a former resort mayor and much loved for running donkey rides on the beach – has caught the attention of a Russian singer-songwriter.
Daria Kulesh was so inspired by Gladys’ story that she – despite never meeting her – has written a song about her life, which has deeply touched the hearts of the Cleethorpes’ champion’s family.
Mrs Kulesh entered her song into the Write A Song For Lincolnshire folk song competition, but after showing it to Gladys’ family – who loved it – she says she no longer cares about winning as their reaction was “better than any prize”.
She said: “I sent a copy of the song to Gladys’ family and the feedback I got from them was amazing.
“Knowing it meant so much to them made me say to them that I didn’t care about the competition, them liking it makes such a big difference. I am so glad they were pleased with the song. All I really wanted was for them to like it and see it as a fitting tribute to a very special lady.
“Hearing their words was so uplifting, it was a very special moment for me.”
Mrs Kulesh, who lives in Kings Langley, in Lincolnshire, will find out how she has done in the competition in the next two weeks.
There have been hundreds of entrants, but only ten can go through to the final.
The annual competition is renowned within the folk music scene, with famous folk names like John Conolly, from Grimsby, and Bill Whaley and Dave Fletcher from further south in the county involved.
As well as serving as a Conservative councillor in the resort for more than 15 years, Gladys was elected mayor between 1988 and 1989 – a role she relished.
Along with husband Stanley, better known as Buster, she ran Nuttall’s donkey rides on Cleethorpes beach until poor health forced them to hand the business over to son John, 54, partner Michelle, 37, and grandson Edward, 19.
Daria said: “I loved her story and what she was about. I never met her – although I know a lot more about her now – and after speaking to her family she sounded like a lovely woman.”
To find out more about the competition, visit www.livingtradition.co.uk