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Published November 12th 2020
Young singers team up with Britain's Got Talent winner
A medieval castle in Staffordshire has provided the perfect setting for a new charity single featuring last year's winner of Britain's Got Talent, Colin Thackery. The record, entitled Salute My Hero, was released on November 11 to commemorate Armistice Day. It was recorded by the soon to be local D-Day Juniors, aged 6 to 17, with the accompanying video filmed at Tamworth Castle's Great Hall alongside army veteran and Chelsea pensioner Colin as special guest in his distinctive scarlet uniform. The single and video is in honour and recognition of all the heroic soldiers that fought and gave their lives during wartime. Salute My Hero is also a follow-up to the D-Day Juniors' debut single, Pass it On, which featured as their audition on this year's Britain's Got Talent show. The video for Salute My Hero can be seen here.
The D-Day Juniors in the Great Hall with Britain's Got Talent winner Colin Thackery at Tamworth Castle
Katie Ashby, director of the D-Day Juniors, and lead singer of the D-Day Darlings, said: "We are thrilled to release our new Juniors single featuring the amazing Colin Thackery. We wanted to coincide the video release for Remembrance Day as a fitting tribute to all our soldiers. Colin approached us after seeing the D-Day Juniors on Britain's Got Talent. I had written this song pre-lockdown and thought how perfect it would be to have Colin join us. We were so excited to film in Tamworth Castle's Great Hall. It gave the perfect backdrop to our song. With its grand, historic features and the castle's link to wartime, we couldn't have wished for a better venue." She added: "We look forward to continuing with our new collaboration with the Tamworth Arts and Events team. Next year is going to be exciting as we plan, subject to Government Covid-19 guidelines and restrictions, from spring 2021 to use the Tamworth Assembly Rooms as our 'on location' venue for our Rock School vocal, music and performing arts courses and the D-Day Juniors are set to perform in the venue with Colin Thackery live!"
The D-Day Juniors take the salute with their director Katie and Colin
Adey Ramsel, Tamworth Assembly Rooms Theatre, Artistic and Events Manager, said: "We're really excited to be teaming up with the amazing, nationally-renowned D-Day Darlings and Juniors, and look forward to welcoming them to their new home theatre next year. Being able to support this new video with the filming in our Tamworth Castle's Great Hall, was very special and just a taste of amazing things to come with our new collaboration project with the D-Day Juniors and Riverside Studios. Although the theatre is closed at the moment due to the coronavirus pandemic, there's lots of work happening behind the scenes to get plans in place for when we do re-open, including creating exciting new community partnerships such as this one."