Relay for Life teams aim for fund-raising ‘record’

The members of Walking Back to the 80s are pictured in DD8 Music's studio.
The members of Walking Back to the 80s are pictured in DD8 Music's studio.

Entrants to this year’s Relay for Life have turned recording artists to help raise extra cash for the event.

At the suggestion of community group DD8 Music, the teams spent the weekend in the studio recording their own renditions of ‘Angels’ by Robbie Williams, Maroon Five’s ‘She will be Loved’, ‘500 Miles’ by The Proclaimers and ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ by Queen.

The CD singles will be sold to raise money for their respective teams and the one which sells the most singles will be crowned ‘Top of the Kirrie Pops’ on the day of the relay, on Saturday, August 15, after an old-fashioned chart countdown.

Graham Galloway, DD8 Music development worker, said the idea is a progression from the last relay when a team of local vets recorded their own single.

He said: “They had the idea of coming in to do a single as a bit of fun, which they recorded and performed on the night.

“DD8 had a think about how we could get involved this year and we decided to get in more teams and have a competitive element to it.

“They were in over Saturday and Sunday and did really well. It was a mix of the whole team coming in and a couple coming in to do solo tracks, but I think three takes was the most we had and we’d like to say a big thank you to local band Sonnet 65 who helped out with the backing tracks to all the songs.”

Although there are hopes of finding an outlet in town through which to sell the CDs, they should be available from the end of the week from the teams Heather’s Angels, Walking Back to the 80s, Coupars Troupars and Cartoon Critters.