GIRLS Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh, Fame Academy contestant Alistair Griffin and a brass band immortalised by a movie have joined forces to record an anthem for Yorkshire’s Tour de France Grand Départ.
Welcome to Yorkshire, which led the winning bid to bring the Tour de France to Yorkshire, commissioned the singer-songwriter, from Castleton on the North York Moors, to write and perform the official song, which he has recorded with Grimethorpe Colliery Band, which featured in the film Brassed Off, and the Strictly Come Dancing star.
Ms Walsh said the song, titled The Road, was emotional and that people would be able to sing along to it.
She added: “The Grand Départ coming to Yorkshire for the first time ever is an historic moment and whether you love cycling or not, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
“Being a Yorkshire girl myself means the event has a special resonance with me because it’s my home county and the race will go through my home city of Bradford.”
Mr Griffin said the video accompanying the song would have “a Wuthering Heights feel to it”, showcasing the dramatic countryside.
He said: “When Welcome to Yorkshire first asked me, no was never an option, I was delighted to be asked.”
Kimberley Walsh wears her glasses aloud and proud – and is calling for others to do the same. The former Girls Aloud singer has teamed up with Specsavers to front the 2014 Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards.
‘I’m really excited to be an ambassador for the Specsavers Awards this year. It’s such a great idea to get people to send in pics of how they wear their glasses and how they make them a part of who they are because it’s a very personal thing. It will be great fun.’
Glasses have become an important part of Kimberley’s life and she has had a great time embracing her new look.
‘I’ve been wearing glasses now for six years. I think I let my eyes get a little bit worse than I should have before I did start wearing them but now I have fully embraced them – it’s a new look for me.’
As a fashion fan, Kimberley has found a glasses style that suits her, and with all the ranges available at Specsavers, the choices are endless.
‘I like to make a real statement with my glasses by wearing something bold. They are such a part of who you are and a fun way to express yourself! Everyone should wear their specs with pride!’
‘I think glasses are sophisticated. I am going to try to be even more adventurous now I’m Specsavers’ ambassador.’
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For each entry Specsavers donates £1 to anti-bullying charity Kidscape.
Behind the scenes video:
Kimberley Walsh has kindly auctioned 10 of her beautiful designer dresses and the proceeds will be given to The Haven.
Please click the link below to bid and to find out more information.
As part of my role as Ambassador to The Haven, I have decided to auction off 10 of my much loved outfits to raise funds for The Haven Breast Cancer Support Centres.
On this site you’ll be able to have a look at all of the different dresses, all of which I have worn at some of the amazing events I have been lucky enough to attend over the last couple of years. All you need to do is make a bid for your favourite and make sure you keep an eye out in case someone outbids you!
So please dig deep for this great charity.
Love Kimberley x
Auction will close on 14 April 2014 at 18:00 (BST)
If you missed it on Sunday, watch Kimberley and her mum Diane on Catchphrase Mothers Day Special!
Even though they just missed out on the final, they won an amazing £8,800 for The Haven charity!
Well done Team Walsh!
Celebrate a mum this week by posting a #futuredreamsmumsie and donating £3 to help find breast cancer support and research. Simply TEXT MUMM13 £3 to 70070. My mum Diane is an incredibly woman and the best role model I could wish for.
A different take on the ‘no make up selfie’ that went around the internet last week.
Upload a ‘mumsie’ like Kimberley has and then nominate a friend to do the same. Don’t forget to text your donation to Future Dreams, striving for a future free of breast cancer.
Check out Kimberley Walsh’s fabulous spring collection, exclusively for Very.co.uk. The collection is jam packed full of figure flattering items perfect for any occasion.
Shop Kimberley’s Collection: http://www.very.co.uk/women/kimberley-walsh/e/b/1589,4294894024.end
Watch a team of England football legends and pop stars, including Kimberley Walsh, come together to record a World Cup video for Sport Relief.
The HD version is £3.99 and £3.38 of each sale will go to Sport Relief
The SD version is £2.99 and £2.53 of each sale will go to Sport Relief
Sport Relief joins forces with Gary Barlow and many other familiar faces to produce the 2014 World Cup song for England.
The cover of Take That’s song ‘Greatest Day’ will be officially launched on Friday, 21 March, and features England football legends Sir Geoff Hurst, Gary Lineker, Glenn Hoddle, David Seaman, Michael Owen, Martin Keown, Dion Dublin, Gary Pallister and Carlton Palmer.
Pop stars Katy B, Eliza Doolittle, Kimberley Walsh, Emma Bunton and Melanie Chisholm also lend a helping hand and join the star-studded chorus.
The video will make its debut on Sport Relief night on 21 March.
Here is another clip where the stars get interviewed. Kimberley is shown at 49 seconds and 1 min 28 secs.