Karaoke to hymn tragic crash pupils

A KARAOKE king is hoping to touch the heart and soul of Ipswich with a musical event to raise money for the parents of Scott Towler and Dean Bloomfield.

A KARAOKE king is hoping to touch the heart and soul of Ipswich with a musical event to raise money for the parents of Scott Towler and Dean Bloomfield.

Five well-known local singers will join the Smokey Karaoke team to present a day of Soul music in Arras Square, outside the town's Buttermarket shopping centre, on Saturday .

Organiser Bill Thornhill, from Ipswich, said: "We are hoping to raise more than £3,000 to give to Scott and Dean's parents which they may spend on their son's headstones.

"I have never organised anything like this before but I wanted to do something to help the families, especially after seeing the tributes on Bishop's Hill. I thought I'd organise a raffle and it turned into this."


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Beverley Tyrell, Simon Marks, Heidi Dolen, El-Soul-vis – an Elvis impersonator who sings soul music – and Irie-J will take to the stage to perform 30 minute sets and people are welcome to sing karaoke in between.

Raffle tickets will be sold for prizes including £100 cash, a DVD player and a CD system donated from local businesses. Ex-town player Kevin Beattie and Evening Star cartoonist Jock will draw the winners an August 30 at the Loco Club on Station Street.

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On the same night the team will host a charity auction where one of the prize lots will be a place on a hot-air balloon to broadcast live with Radio Suffolk presenter and Star columnist Bob Shelley.

Other attractions include face painters, a balloon race and the day promises to be a lot of fun for all the family.

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