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A busy mum proved she was in tune this Christmas
Tuesday 5th January 2016 @ 13:18 by Becky Cahill
Mossley & Saddleworth News
A busy mum has proved she is in tune this Christmas after taking part in the Military Wives Choir’s charity single.
Kirsty Walker sings on the Proclaimers’ ‘500 Miles’ single which is supporting Walking with the Wounded’s Christmas campaign ‘Walking Home for Christmas’.
Kirsty, a former pupil of St George’s Primary School in Mossley, got involved with the Military Wives Choir just over four years ago after moving to Devon to be nearer her husband Jon who is a Royal Marines Commando.
The mum-of-three, who worked at Tameside Hospital for eight years, popped back up to Mossley to spend time with her family just before Christmas.
She said: “Since joining the choir, within two weeks we were recording our first album ‘In My Dreams’.
“I then went on to be chosen to sing at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee outside Buckingham Palace, where we sung ‘Sing’ by Gary Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
“This song was recorded at Abbey Road studios. “I have sung at the Royal Albert Hall on several occasions, most recently at the BBC Proms War Horse to commemorate 100 years since the Great War.
“My military connection dates back to the First World War where my great great grandad, Ernest Sykes, from Mossley, won the Victoria Cross for conspicuous bravery while he was serving near Arras, France, with the Northumberland Fusiliers in April 1917.”
The choir teamed up with military charity, Walking With The Wounded, to raise vital funds this Christmas for homeless veterans.
All proceeds from the single will go to Walking With The Wounded and The Military Wives Choirs Foundation.
Kirsty, 31, added: “My choir journey started out of the blue, it rekindled my love for music and gave me the opportunity to meet some amazing new friends from similar situations to me.
“I attend choir practice every Friday night and I could not imagine my life without it now.
“Singing, wherever we may be, fills my heart with light.”
The Military Wives Choir single ‘500 Miles’ can be downloaded from iTunes for £1.
By Lisa Burns