A musical couple have turned their regular entertainment for elderly people at a Skegness day centre into a charity single on CD.
The track, produced by Pat and David Edge, uses comical lyrics about the problems faced in old age – sung to the tune of Sound of Music’s My Favourite Things.
It is hoped that money from the sale of copies will boost funds at Skegness Day Centre in Dorothy Avenue.
Former professional singer Pat, who runs Pat’s Hairdressing, based in the centre, decided to produce the song to raise money for the facility.
She recorded the track with her guitarist husband David, with the backing vocals are provided by other staff at the day centre.
“We often entertain the old people who visit the centre and at various charity events in the area,” explained Pat, 63, of Thorpe St Peter.
“I decided to change the words so older people can relate to it and have a giggle at the problems faced in old age.”
The lyrics (see right) include: ‘When the pipes leak, when the bones creak, when the knees get bad, I simply remember my favourite things and then I don’t feel so bad’.
The song finishes with a line about having a ‘great day’ at Skegness Day Centre.
“For the elderly people, this day centre is a lifeline, but it’s struggling a bit with funding at the moment,” said Pat.
“They come here to enjoy some company with friends and have a hot meal. If it wasn’t here, I think there would be a big hole in their lives.”
The song – which was given free permission to record by Rodgers and Hammerstein – has already gained repeated airplay on BBC Radio Lincolnshire – including William Wright’s drive time show.
“It was originally sung at the centre last Christmas –and proved so popular with the members they kept asking for it to be performed again,” concluded Pat. “We really hope people like it.”
“Some of the lyrics at the end have been dedicated to the centre’ manager Mandy who has raised about £5,000 for the centre through a daring skydive and wing walk.