Busking Sidmouth pensioners’ £1k for Help For Heroes

PUBLISHED: 07:45 29 August 2010 | UPDATED: 17:16 31 August 2010

BUSKING BONUS: Celia and Wally have raised more than £1,000 for Help For Heroes and counting.

BUSKING BONUS: Celia and Wally have raised more than £1,000 for Help For Heroes and counting.

Wally Cotgrave

A PLUCKY pair of busking Sidmouth pensioners have seen their street show-tune antics raise more than £1,000 for injured war heroes.

BUSKING BONUS: Celia and Wally have raised more than £1,000 for Help For Heroes and counting.

A PLUCKY pair of busking Sidmouth pensioners have seen their street show-tune antics raise more than 1,000 for injured war heroes.

Duo Celia Monck and Wally Cotgrave have proved such a smash-hit theyve doubled the cash target they set themselves in a bid to boost Help For Heroes.

Musical stints in Market Place have brought out the best in townsfolk and seen the twosome touched by tragic and emotive tales from war veterans.

We were only going to raise 1,000 and then were going to stop, said Milford Road resident Celia, 73, who read about Wallys charity exploits in the Herald and contacted him with a musical fundraising idea.

BUSKING BONUS: Celia and Wally have raised more than £1,000 for Help For Heroes and counting.

When Wally asked when shall we rehearse?, I said: We wont, lets just go and do it as a sort of trial run, she said, The following morning we raised 241 in an hour.

Passers by are really supportive. One gentleman who was in a quartet joined in with Wally, singing in perfect harmony.

Winslade Road resident Wally, 71, said: We didnt have a clue how it would work. Weve made 1 a minute-thats peoples generosity.

Everyone knows this is something special. There is a real feeling among people- it is uncanny.

People have come up to me and shaken my hand. One woman put a rose on Celias piano. It really is the loveliest thing Ive been involved in. You meet wonderful people.

Its absolutely unbelievable whose walking around in the street next to you. An old boy came up and saluted me. He had been shot down over Holland, and he was saluting me, it makes you feel very humble.

This particular charity has touched a nerve, and is a very moving thing to be part of.

There is an element of that war time spirit, which is a very British thing- pitching in together.

The busking pair vowed: Were going to keep doing it its the power of music.

Wally paid tribute to Celias husband Peter. Hes the oldest roadie in the world! said Wally, he transports all of our equipment and waits on every beck and call.

Wally and Celia thanked the people of Sidmouth and surrounding shops, and added: Were going to keep doing it its the power of music.


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