Dartford girl Bethany, 15, among five ‘Poppy Girls’ chosen to perform in front of the Queen, release charity single
PUBLISHED: 17:58 23 October 2013 | UPDATED: 18:07 23 October 2013
An “exceptionally talented” Dartford girl will be heard by millions next month when she appears on a charity single – and performs for the Queen – in support of her military dad.
Bethany Davy, 15, is one of five teenage girls who make up The Poppy Girls. All five have family members serving in the armed forces. Bethany’s father is serving in the Army Reserves, and has been deployed several times as both a regular and reservist soldier.
The quintet’s first release, The Call (No Need To Say Goodbye), is out on Remembrance Sunday, November 10.
And the group will also perform in front of the Queen at the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall the day before.
The Royal British Legion and Decca Records worked together to recruit the group from 1,000 across the UK. The youngsters represent the Royal Navy, the Army and the RAF.
Charles Byrne, the Legion’s head of fundraising, said: “This is a hauntingly beautiful track sung by a group of girls who know what it means to have family members constantly placed in harm’s way.
“We have a major theme in this year’s Poppy Appeal around families, so there is no more powerful way of reflecting that than through the voices of these exceptionally talented young people.”
The girls recorded the Regina Spektor song while juggling school and college commitments.
Dickon Stainer, president of Decca Records, said: “When you hear these young kids talk about their families and the sacrifices they make growing up in a forces family, you do wonder how such young shoulders can carry the burden of the constant stress and anxiety.”
He added: “Quite simply this record is beautiful.”
The other singers are Megan Adams, 10, from Stirling; Florence Ransom, 10, from Petersfield; Alice Milburn, 13, from Portsmouth; and Charlotte Mellor, 17, from Cambridge.
The Festival of Remembrance on November 9 will be broadcast by BBC1. Proceeds from the single - which you can watch by clicking the video above - will go to the Poppy Appeal.