Sing as we go! Singers needed to belt out Gracie hits

Rochdale superstar Gracie Fields

Singers from across the borough are being invited to showcase their talent at the Gracie Fields statue unveiling on Sunday 18 September.

Everyone - from talented singers to people who just fancy having a go - is invited to a special rehearsal at Touchstones Rochdale to practice three Gracie classics which will be performed at the unveiling.

The rehearsal will take place from 11am on Saturday 17 September, with the singers learning three popular Gracie songs.

They will then perform to the crowds at the statue unveiling on Sunday, which takes place at 1pm in Town Hall Square.

Councillor Richard Farnell, leader of Rochdale Borough Council, said: “This is a unique opportunity to be at the heart of what is a really important event for Rochdale. We couldn’t mark a singing sensation like Gracie without music and, as she was a down-to-earth Rochdale lass, she would want everyone to be involved. I’d encourage people to come along and help us celebrate.” 

The statue unveiling will mark the culmination of a weekend of celebrations in honour of the Rochdale-born actress, singer and comedian.

The weekend will start with a 1950s style dinner dance at Rochdale Town Hall on Friday 16 September, with a menu created by local celebrity chef Andrew Nutter. Free Gracie-inspired children’s activities will also take place at Touchstones on the Saturday between 11am and 4pm.

For more information about these events, and to book tickets for the dinner, please visit www.rochdale.gov.uk/gracie


09 Sep 2016