Crowd are not Misérable after concert success

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Les Misérables lovers had plenty to sing along to at a fundraising concert which raised nearly £1,000 for new medical equipment.

The Jenner Health Centre in Turners Lane, Whittlesey, will be able to provide new heart rate monitors and equipment to test blood thanks to the £918 which was donated.

The annual concert, now in its fourth year, was organised by the centre’s Patient Participation Group and took place at the Ivy Leaf Club, Gracious Street, Whittlesey, on Saturday February 21.

Nearly a dozen bands and solo performers gave their time for free to perform songs from the stage, big screen and television.

The performers, who normally sing at open mic or charity events, included a cappella group Singchronicity and Brian Kell, who founded the Straw Bear Festival.

Well over a hundred people turned out for the concert and numbers from Les Mis proved particularly popular from the singers.

Local businesses also did their best to support the health centre by donating over 50 raffle prizes which included meal vouchers and chocolate.

An auction also took place to get the chance to learn how to sail. The concert’s sound system and lighting were provided by Breve Music from Peterborough.

The show itself took place over three hours with entry costing £5 per person.

Dave Bailey, who is a member of the participation group and also directs the Whittlesey Music Festival, was one of the people to take the stage during the evening.

He said: “It’s a massive thanks to everyone who took part. This event has just grown and grown

“I wasn’t planning to sing but the guy who was going to do it was taken ill with flu. I did enjoy it though.”