Wives sing at station to boost Poppy Appeal

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INSPIRATIONAL military wives from Portsmouth sang their hearts out to London commuters in a bid to raise cash for The Poppy Appeal.

The Portsmouth Military Wives Choir, which covers the city and all surrounding areas, performed at Waterloo station in the hope people would stop and buy a poppy in the run-up to Remembrance Day.

The Portsmouth Military wives perform for the public at Waterloo Station..

The Portsmouth Military wives perform for the public at Waterloo Station..

As part of three sets lasting 20 minutes each, the 46-strong group sang John Denver’s Annie’s Song, Sing, which was written for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and Stronger Together, a new track off the Military Wives Choir Foundation’s new album of the same name.

The album, which was released yesterday, contains songs sung by 24 military wives’ choirs from across the country.

The local choir also performed The Military Wives 2011 Christmas number one hit Wherever You Are during the event on Thursday.

And the women’s vocal efforts contributed towards London’s Poppy Appeal which raised £760,000 in one day.

Scores of other activities happening in London on the same day helped to reach the amount raised – including an abseil which Royal Marines personnel took part in down a building at Canary Wharf.

Emma Dineen, 43, of Stubbington, is a member of the Portsmouth choir and her husband Mike, 43, is a Royal Navy lieutenant commander at HMS Collingwood.

Mrs Dineen said: ‘It was an absolutely brilliant day.

‘It was quite humbling and we had a wonderful reception.

‘Normally commuters are on a mission with their heads down. But people stopped and some were even in tears.

‘It was amazing that we were able to bring out that kind of emotion in people.’

As part of the ladies’ stay in London they also performed songs at Trafalgar Square, St Paul’s Cathedral, Paternoster Square, Leadenhall Market and Covent Garden.

They were escorted to each venue on a bus with members of the Royal Navy followed by an entourage of four Harley-Davidson motorbikes.

Mrs Dineen said: ‘It is so important that people continue supporting the services through the Poppy Appeal.’