TALENTED Alice Milburn is hoping her sweet singing voice will take the music chart by storm this Christmas as part of a group raising cash for the Poppy Appeal.
The 13-year-old, from Portsmouth, is one of the stars of The Poppy Girls, a group of girls who all have fathers serving in the armed forces.
They were picked after an exhaustive nationwide search for talent and will soon release their song The Call (No Need to Say Goodbye).
Proceeds from their single – which goes on sale from November 11 – will go towards the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.
The girls will also perform their song in front of the Queen next month during the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Alice’s father, Captain Philip Milburn, 49, has served in the Royal Navy since he was 19 and has regularly deployed overseas. Her mum Nicola, 46, was also in the RAF for eight years.
Alice, a student at Mayville High School in Southsea, told The News: ‘It has all been very exciting.
‘I’ve never had anything like this happen to me before and it is so much fun.
‘The other girls are so nice and we’re really good friends. We call ourselves sisters. I’m probably going to be very nervous when it comes to performing in front of the Queen, but it will be a great experience.’
Alice started singing lessons when she was seven years old, as has previously been featured in the pages of The News for her musical talents.
She also plays the piano and the ukulele, and lists her top five favourite artists as Taylor Swift, Adele, Mumford and Sons, Lumineers, and Jake Bugg.
Alice’s mum Nicola said: ‘Obviously we are really proud of her and very excited. It’s a bit hectic at the moment but Alice is really enjoying it.’
Another of the young stars is Florence Ransom, 10, from Petersfield, who has a father who serves in the Royal Navy.
She said: ‘My inspiration is my great-granddad, because he was a kind man and he fought for his country.
‘The best thing about being a forces family is getting lots of presents when my dad comes back from deployment, and the hardest thing is that my dad goes away a lot and we miss him.’