A grand achievement

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A PENSIONER has raised £1,000 for charity from the sales of his country and western CD.

Norman Green decided to pick up his guitar and sing again for the first time in 50 years to make the CD.

The 71-year-old, who grew up in Market Weighton, but now lives in Stockton-On-The-Forest, was part of a local skiffle band called “The Offbeats,” which played at gigs across East Yorkshire.

He gave £500 each to St Leonard’s Hospice and The Prostate Cancer Charity.

Norman was diagnosed with prostate cancer seven years ago and lost his wife Margaret to cancer nine years ago, when she was aged 58.

He decided to start singing again after he met an old friend at The Wellington Oak, on Canal Head, Pocklington, who was also a member of The Offbeats, formed in 1956 when Norman was 16.

Norman’s CD is called Quiet Country and is available for £12 from Langlands Garden Centre in Shiptonthorpe.

Alternatively, email quietcountry@f2s.com or call Norman on (01904) 400085 to buy a copy.