Middlesbrough Herald & Post

Brooke raises her voice for charity single

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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

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Stockton youngster Brooke Burke

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