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Vince's farewell show will boost young talent

Young creative talent in Coventry is to benefit from a farewell concert by the veteran city-born singer Vince Hill.

The 85-year-old entertainer made a triumphant return to the stage of the Belgrade Theatre earlier this month and raised £1,500 for the theatre's talent development schemes and its youth and community work.

The money was donated by the performers and audience at the Vince Hill and Friends midday variety show, which featured the Nolan Sisters, singer Mark Andrews and comedian Duncan Norvelle, as well as Vince himself, telling stories of his life and singing his best-loved hit singles, including Edelweiss and Roses Of Picardy.

The show closed with a standing ovation and Vince was presented on stage with a special commemorative disc, celebrating his biggest hit, Edelweiss, reaching a million sales worldwide.

He said: "I feel so humbled by the love and support that I received. It was such a very special show for me and I will never forget it. I was also thrilled to support the Belgrade Theatre Trust and the wonderful work they do nurturing future Coventry stars."

Helen Hotchkiss, the theatre's Head of Development, said: "All the money we have received from the show will provide us with a much-needed boost to our work in the community as we begin to direct our fund-raising efforts towards our 2020 redevelopment project to get us ready for City of Culture year 2021."

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