Keynsham Goldies take new anthem to Parliament

Published on: 02 Dec 2016

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Members of an older people’s singing group from Keynsham have performed in the Houses of Parliament to launch a new charity song.

The Golden-Oldies charity – or Goldies – unveiled its new anthem in London on November 30, where they were welcomed by local MPs, including Bath’s Ben Howlett.

The song, We Are the Golden-Oldies, was written by Bristol-based support worker Paul Bryant, who discovered Goldies five years ago when he began taking adults with severe disabilities to singalong sessions hosted by the charity.

Paul said: “I had been thinking for a long time that it would be great to try and come up with a new song that could be sung at all the Goldies sessions and perhaps become a regular Goldies singalong tune.

“The words for the chorus started to buzz in my head and all of a sudden the melody and the rhythm came to me.

“Goldies is a wonderful charity, one of the ladies that I care for has been attending the sessions for a number of years and I have noticed a transformation in her personality and her confidence through attending Goldies. It really is the Sing and Smile charity.”

Goldies founder Grenville Jones said: “When Paul first played the song to me I knew it was a winner.

“It is easy to sing with a catchy chorus and we hope that all Goldies sessions in the future will start with it.

“Our charity works with the University of Bath and their Department for Health and specifically with Dr Afroditi Stathi, a trustee of our charity. A number of the popular songs that are sung at Goldies sessions have specifically designed movements and, working with Dr Stathi’s team, the new Goldies song will also have its own moves.”

The Keynsham Goldies singers were joined by others from Bath, Swindon, South Gloucestershire, South Wales and the Midlands for the performance in London.

A video of Paul performing the song at the charity’s Keynsham shop can be seen on Youtube – search “We are the Golden Oldies”.

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