Sunderland stage stars help Rotary fundraising drive

Looking over the programme for the Rotary, North East  Youth Musical Spectacular which raised �4,000 for Help the Heroes are ( left to right) Mark McNally of Hel;p the Heroes charity, Bethan Waller, singer from the show, Tony Wortman Chairman of the Musical Spectacluar and Rotary North East District Govenor, and James Forster, singer from the show.
Looking over the programme for the Rotary, North East Youth Musical Spectacular which raised �4,000 for Help the Heroes are ( left to right) Mark McNally of Hel;p the Heroes charity, Bethan Waller, singer from the show, Tony Wortman Chairman of the Musical Spectacluar and Rotary North East District Govenor, and James Forster, singer from the show.
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YOUNG stars have helped Rotarians raise thousands of pounds for charity.

Schools from across Wearside came together for Rotary North East’s Youth Musical Spectacular at the Empire Theatre.

More than 300 people performed a sparkling array of songs and dance routines.

These acts included pupils from East Herrington School giving their take on 1960s hit Proud Mary and a demonstration of traditional Irish dancing from Fagan School of Irish Dancers, based in Washington.

The talented young performers managed to raise more than £4,000, which Rotarians handed over to Help for Heroes and South Tyneside Youth Orchestra, after being entertained by two young stars of the show, singers Bethan Waller, 15, a student at North Durham Academy and James Forster, a first-year student at Northumbria University.

Peter Fisher, from show’s organising committee, said: “Following on from the successful evening at the Empire in March, we were entertained by two of the North East’s up-and-coming stars and presented a cheques to Helping Heroes and the South Tyneside Youth Orchestra.”

The Youth Musical Spectacular is an annual event organised by members of Sunderland, Seaburn, Houghton, Washington Forge and Wearside Rotary Clubs.

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