Friday, 24 September 2021

Rocking Mayor sings for Comic Relief

THE Mayor of Henley took part in a concert which raised £567.77 for Comic Relief.

THE Mayor of Henley took part in a concert which raised £567.77 for Comic Relief.

Elizabeth Hodgkin joined in when the Henley Rock Choir performed at the d:two centre in Market Place on Thursday last week.

She sang Heather Small’s 2000 hit Proud while the choir sang backing vocals, danced and clapped.

Sir John Madejski, chairman of Reading Football Club, opened the event by singing Labi Siffre’s Something Inside So Strong.

Both accepted invitations from the choir to take part and they attended several rehearsals.

Councillor Hodgkin said: “I was very nervous before it started but as soon as I actually got up there I was okay. I really enjoyed it — once it was over, I wanted to do it again.

“There have been quite a few memorable moments in my year as mayor and this is definitely one of them.”

Choir leader Lucy Hewes, who conducted the singing, said: “It was an amazing night. I’m so pleased at how Sir John and the Mayor rose to the challenge and they sounded brilliant.

“It was good for them to step out of their comfort zones — it was actually a proper dare for them. I could tell that they were a bit nervous at first but we practised quite a bit beforehand and by the end they were enjoying it.

“All our members loved it as well. You could tell by their faces — they were absolutely beaming as soon as they sang their first notes.”

The concert was Cllr Hodgkin’s second public performance in less than four months. In December, she led a crowd of several hundred people singing carols at the Henley Christmas festival.

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