Brooke raises her voice for charity sin­gle

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - HERALD & POST -

A TRIB­UTE sin­gle for Manch­ester ter­ror vic­tims Chloe Ruther­ford and Liam Curry is hoped to be­come a chart top­per.

Friends of the South Shields teenagers came to­gether with North-east per­form­ers to record a ver­sion of Ari­ana Grande’s One Last Time.

And eight-year-old Brooke Burke from Stock­ton is the youngest singer to per­form on the track.

Chloe was killed along­side her boyfriend Liam Curry when a bomb was det­o­nated at the Manch­ester Arena con­cert on May 22.

The pair’s joint fu­neral took place on Thurs­day at St Hilda’s Church in South Shields.

As a trib­ute to Chloe, 17, and Liam, 19, singers from across the North­east were cho­sen to take part in the spe­cial record­ing.

Hart­burn Pri­mary school pupil Brooke was picked out of scores of applications.

Brooke’s dad, Tom, said: “It’s over­whelm­ing to think she’s been asked to be part of some­thing so spe­cial. It’s hard when they are that young, you don’t want them to get scared. Ini­tially when we ex­plained it she said she didn’t want to go to a con­cert ever again.

“I ex­plained what hap­pened and she said she wanted to do some­thing to help.”

The song has be­come a sym­bol of unity af­ter the at­tack. It was per­formed by Grande at her One Love Manch­ester con­cert on June 4.

Tom said: “There were about 70 applications and Brooke was one of 30 cho­sen.

“She’s the youngest one on it, she’s only eight.

“We had to go up to New­cas­tle to record it, then she had to go back up to do the video part of it.”

The team is hop­ing to raise £50,000.

A Just Giv­ing page has been set up called North­east Singers for Manch­ester. All money do­nated will go to­wards help­ing the fam­i­lies of the 22 vic­tims. To do­nate, visit https://www.just­giv­ing.com/crowd­fund­ing/north­east­singers­for manch­ester?ut­m_id=119

Stock­ton young­ster Brooke Burke

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