Laura’s hitting the high notes for ‘Sally Army’

Laura Smithies charity CD
Laura Smithies charity CD

Clitheroe woman releases CD to help Salvation Army

Laura, who lives at the Brown Cow Pub and works at St James Primary School as a teaching assistant, has been singing most of her life in clubs and at weddings and charity functions, as well as running the karaoke night at the pub every Friday night.

However, she has now set a goal of raising £2,500 from the sale of her CD to boost funds for the Salvation Army.

The 34-year-old said: “The locals in the pub have always been really supportive of my singing and always encourage me to do more.

“This then gave me the idea to make a charity CD. I decided to support the Salvation Army as my charity of choice because they are very often forgotten and might seem old fashioned and outdated, but people are always surprised to hear of all the fantastic work they do both home and abroad.

“My mum remembers them helping her family when she and her nine brothers and sisters were very young. And, of course, now they are very involved with the recent surge in food banks.”

She added: “I recorded 11 tracks at The Grand and the songs I chose are ones that people ask me to sing most often, including two Meatloaf songs with my friend Pete Dowden. The last song has been recorded by the choir at St James’s.”

The CDs are priced £5 each and are on sale at St James’s Primary School, Party People in Moor Lane, Townsend Records, Althams Travel, Clitheroe Music and the Brown Cow, Clitheroe. They are also available in various other shop s around the town.