GOLDEN-OLDIES MEET CLIFF RICHARD
A group of Cliff Richard fans were given a special treat when they met the man himself ahead of his concert at Derbyshire’s Catton Hall.
The meeting was arranged by the Golden-Oldies Charity ‘Sing and Smile’, a charity which organises singing sessions for the older generation.
And as Cliff is the Patron of the charity, he invited Goldies founder Grenville Jones and 20 members of the Uttoxeter Goldies to hear him soundcheck and meet him while he’s touring the UK as part of his Just Fabulous Rock ‘n’ Roll Tour.
Grenville launched Goldies 10 years ago in sheltered housing community rooms in Bath and Bristol encouraging older people to get together singing the popular memory-evoking songs of the 50’s and onwards. The hits of Cliff are big favourites at the sessions and so he was invited to be their Patron.
There are now more than 200 Goldies groups across the UK boasting in excess of 5,000 members.
Speaking about meeting Sir Cliff, Grenville said: “This is the first time we have come face to face with Cliff so it is very exciting.
“I have waited for this day for 10 years and it is very special for everyone involved. With the Goldies we are reaching out to people and giving them something to look forward to.
“Loneliness and isolation are major issues in society today. Our charity, through its daytime singing, quite simply gives isolated and (perhaps) lonely people a REASON to get out and be with others, make friends, sing and smile!”
70-year-old Gene Edwards was among the Uttoxeter group who attended the concert and met Cliff.
Gene has been to more concerts than she can remember in the past 50 years and said: “He’s wonderful and was as good as ever at the Catton Hall show. We all love him, he’s our Golden boy!”
Sir Cliff said: “I am delighted to have finally met Grenville and some of his Goldies. It is a pleasure to be Patron of this wonderful charity as they do a tremendous job bringing smiles to many people through the power of music.”
For more information about the Goldies go to www.golden-oldies.org.uk
PHOTO : JIM COOKE