Trevor’s poem gets in tune for char­ity

Macclesfield Express - - TIME TRIP - STU­ART GREER

APOEM in­spired by the Manch­ester ter­ror at­tacks has been turned into to a char­ity song.

Trevor Stokes, 50, from Mac­cles­field, penned the poem ‘Two Cities’ as a trib­ute to the tragic events at the Manch­ester Arena.

It has now been de­vel­oped into a song to raise some money for the UK Sol­i­dar­ity Fund – set up by the Bri­tish Red Cross to help vic­tims of ter­ror­ism and their fam­i­lies.

But writ­ing the poem has also reawak­ened Trevor’s dor­mant creative tal­ent and he has used the process to cope with the death of his beloved wife Sharon, who died sud­denly in March last year after a short ill­ness.

Trevor, who lives on Bux­ton Road with his son Harry, 16, said: “I have writ­ten po­etry and short sto­ries since I was young and been pub­lished. After get­ting mar­ried, start­ing our fam­ily and work com­mit­ments I stopped writ­ing. But I picked up the pen again after Sharon died. Writ­ing has re­ally helped me start to ex­plore my emo­tions and come to terms with the loss. My poem about the ter­ror at­tacks came out of that. In that sense it is ded­i­cated to Sharon, who was an amaz­ing per­son. She was a lovely, lov­ing, lo­cal girl whose life was cut short.

“Many peo­ple will know her from her work as a nurse at the Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal and Wood­lands Care home.”

The idea of turn­ing the poem into a song came from Trevor’s dad Harry, for­merly of Mac­cles­field who now lives in Steve­nage.

Trevor, a sales direc­tor for a fash­ion brand, said: “My dad started work­ing with a Steve­nage band called Dakota Smile on putting the poem to mu­sic. Trag­i­cally, the events at Lon­don’s Bor­ough Mar­ket shortly after the Manch­ester bomb­ing re­sulted in me re­work­ing it, so ‘Two Cities’ was born as a de­fi­ant trib­ute to the spirit of those af­fected by the events in the north and south of the coun­try.

“Whilst these events hap­pened a num­ber of months ago, it’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that for those lives af­fected it will re­main with them for a very long time; if not for­ever.

“Ev­ery­one in­volved in this char­ity song will ap­pre­ci­ate what­ever do­na­tions the pub­lic can make; let’s all help as much as we can. Let’s stand to­gether.”

Two Cities is avail­able for down­load for 99p via iTunes and other plat­forms.

Trevor is a fundraiser and am­bas­sador for Mac­cles­field Town FC.

To see the lyrics visit mac­cles­field­ex­press. co.uk

Trevor Stokes penned the poem ‘Two Cities’ as a trib­ute to the tragic events at the Manch­ester Arena. He is pic­tured here with his late wife Sharon and their son Harry, 16.

David Rut­ley MP with par­tic­i­pants from last year’s Par­lia­men­tary In­duc­tion Day.

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