Nikki helps set new record with Military Wives

ON SONG Nikki Laing
ON SONG Nikki Laing

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IT WAS a day Nikki Laing will never forget.

Nikki, from the Portsmouth Military Wives Choir, joined 650 other wives of servicemen from across the country and overseas to film a music video at London’s Wellington Barracks.

SING Gareth Malone and members of the Military Wives Choir at Wellington Barracks in London

SING Gareth Malone and members of the Military Wives Choir at Wellington Barracks in London

The women featured in the video for Stronger Together and launched the album of the same name.

But if that wasn’t enough, they made history by breaking the world record for the biggest ever video shoot in music history.

Nikki was joined by fellow members of the Portsmouth-based choir and met choirmaster Gareth Malone, who originally mentored the Military Wives choir and helped them reach the Christmas number one slot last year.

Mrs Laing, of Peronne Road, Hilsea, whose husband Iain is a lieutenant commander on HMS Excellent, said: ‘There were so many cameras and television cameras there, from GMTV to CNN.

‘It didn’t matter what we were doing, we had to make sure you were smiling all the time as you didn’t know who was taking photos or filming you.

‘We listened to the new album before going out for more photos, and then spent an hour and a half to two hours recording the video itself.

‘It was quite an emotional moment when more than 600 ladies were told that we had set a world record for the biggest music video shoot.’

Mrs Laing said the wives offer support for each other while their husbands are serving on duty away from home.

Her eldest daughter Samantha, 25, even joined the choir.

Mrs Laing added: ‘It has grown from strength to strength.

‘In January we had about 30 ladies on the books and now we have more than 70.

‘It’s grown beyond expectations.’