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28 JUN


By timesecholife on in Latest News

Rock and Roll icon treat Uttoxeter charity members

ROCK and roll icon, Cliff Richard, has treated Uttoxeter members of a music charity to front row seats at a concert as part of his current UK tour.
A group of 20 ‘Goldies’ from Uttoxeter travelled to Catton Hall in Derbyshire to meet Sir Cliff in person and enjoy the Just Fabulous Rock N Roll show.
Sir Cliff is patron of Golden Oldies – a charity which combats isolation and dementia through sing and smile sessions across the nation.
The Uttoxeter group included 70-year-old Gene Edwards, who has been to more concerts than she can remember in the past 50 years.
She said: “He’s wonderful and was as good as ever at the Catton Hall show.
“We all love him, he’s our Golden boy!”
The Goldies travelled down to Sir Cliff’s concert on Thursday 22nd June and were joined by Golden Oldies founder, Grenville Jones.
He said: “Loneliness and isolation are major issues in society today.
“Our charity, through its daytime singing, quite simply gives isolated and (perhaps) lonely people a reason to get out and be with others, make friends, sing and smile!
“We now have over 150 daytime sing and smile sessions across England and Wales and Sir Cliff told me he’d love to say hello to some of our older folk who look forward to their Goldies sessions.
“The group at Uttoxeter were closest to his tour venues so we took a group of 20 to the show and to meet him in the afternoon.”
Sir Cliff Richard became Patron eight years ago and has watched the amazing growth of the charity since that time.
Over 45 freelance session leaders now take the groups singing the popular memory-evoking songs of the 50’s and onwards. The hits of Sir Cliff are big favourites at the sessions.
The next session at Uttoxeter is on Monday 10th July from 2pm  at the Methodist Church Meeting Room in High Street.
Goldies ‘Sing and Smile’ sessions use music to encourage people who may be lonely, as well as those with learning difficulties, dementia and Alzheimer’s to get out and meet with others and have fun through singing.
There is always a friendly welcome at Goldies ‘Sing & Smile’ sessions, which always end with a cup of tea and a chat.
Members are asked to simply make a minimum £2 donation to the charity.
For more information call Anne Griffiths on 07952 667241.

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