Over the past 12 years, The Singing Farmers have raised in excess of £100,000 for R.A.B.I with their popular concerts across the North East. They’ve just added £9,500 to this incredible figure with funds raised from their last ever tour.
Selling out concerts in Barnard Castle, Malton, Skipton, Tadcaster and Northallerton during May, the band bid a fond but emotional farewell to their followers. At their final show in Tadcaster, one of the Singing Farmers, Ken Jackson, called his wife Anita onstage to serenade as it was their golden wedding anniversary. Not a dry eye in the house!
The first Singing Farmers concerts took place in 2004 and the line up has not changed since – Tony Richards of Egton Banks Farm, Glaisdale, Ken Jackson of Forlorn Hope Farm, Stubbs Walden, Charles Marwood of Foulrice, Whenby, Lloyd Lockwood of Whenby, Phillip Holden of Spennithorne and Chris Berry of Scholes, near Leeds.
“We know the demand is still there, but the time has come for us to go out on a high,” said singer, guitarist and organiser, Chris Berry.
“It’s been a great run and we’ve played for so many wonderful people as well as raising funds for a great cause but while I hope we will all still be performing in future this will be our last tour together.”
Regional Manager for the North East, Sally Conner, said, “The last ever concert was a little sad to say the least but we wished all the guys well and thanked them so much for all their support. This year they have raised for us around £9,500, which is absolutely remarkable on top of the amount they’ve already raised.”
Thanks once again to The Singing Farmers and for their continued support over the years. You will be missed!