Fire­fight­ers on song for Twin Tow­ers trib­ute

Macclesfield Express - - CHILDREN IN NEED - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

AGROUP of singing fire­fight­ers hop­ing to take part in a spe­cial 9/11 me­mo­rial con­cert have added al­most £500 to their fundrais­ing pot.

The Cheshire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice Choir was born out of a BBC tele­vi­sion show The Choir: Sing While You Work, and saw Mac­cles­field fire­fight­ers Matt Lloyd and Phil Marke dis­cover their tal­ent for singing.

The pair, along with new­est cho­ris­ter Daniel Selby, also from Mac­cles­field, are now hop­ing to rep­re­sent the bor­ough at a poignant Me­mo­rial Con­cert at Ground Zero in New York.

In or­der to raise enough money for the trip, next Fe­bru­ary, the trio took on a chal­lenge to climb 830me­ters, the com­bined height of the twin tow­ers, while wear­ing full fire kit.

Mac­cles­field watch man­ager Phil Marke said: “De­spite the weather the event was a great suc­cess and we would like to thank ev­ery­one who sup­ported us on the day, ei­ther by buy­ing cakes, en­cour­ag­ing us on our lad­der climb or en­joy­ing lis­ten­ing to the choir singing.

“This event raised £469.20 which brings the to­tal raised so far to just over £1,500 to help us raise money for our flights and ac­com­mo­da­tion to New York to sing at Ground Zero Me­mo­rial Plaza.

“The events of that fate­ful day in Septem­ber 2001 had a pro­found ef­fect on all of us in the UK fire and res­cue ser­vice.

“Per­form­ing our sig­na­ture song, The Ris­ing, is our way of never for­get­ting our col­leagues in Amer­ica and to be able to per­form it at Ground Zero will be a most mov­ing and poignant ex­pe­ri­ence.

“We will also be meet­ing New York fire­fight­ers to share com­rade­ship and hear their sto­ries from that day.”

The me­mo­rial con­cert will be held in Fe­bru­ary 2016 and the choir will per­form their sig­na­ture song, The Ris­ing.

The song, writ­ten by Bruce Spring­steen, is al­ways sung at the end of all their per­for­mances as it tells the story of a fire­fighter who is in­side one of the tow­ers on that fate­ful day and re­alises he isn’t go­ing to sur­vive.

Choir mem­bers are rais­ing money for flights and ac­com­mo­da­tion, and will be tak­ing an­nual leave for the trip.

The choir has also been in­vited to sing in a spe­cial con­cert at the Carnegie Hall where they will be per­form­ing Paul Mealor’s ‘Sta­bat Mater’.

They are hop­ing to raise a to­tal of £8,000.

To do­nate to the cause go to crowdfunding.just­giv­ing.com/daniel-selby.

●● Fire­fighter Matt Lloyd, watch man­ager Phil Marke and fire­fighter Daniel Selby hope to sing at Ground Zero

●● The choir in ac­tion

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