Hebden songbird set to sing for the Queen

From left to right are Muriel Bamford, Captain Rebecca Marshall and Will Bamford. Capt Marshall will be singing at a solo in front of the Queen at the Diamond Jubilee celebrations

From left to right are Muriel Bamford, Captain Rebecca Marshall and Will Bamford. Capt Marshall will be singing at a solo in front of the Queen at the Diamond Jubilee celebrations

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A FORMER Hebden Bridge school girl is hoping to receive Royal approval when she sings in front of the Queen.

Captain Rebecca Marshall will sing a solo in the official Jubilee song, “Sing”, when ten military wives choirs perform it outside Buckingham Palace on Monday.

Capt Marshall, who attended Old Town Primary School, said: “I am very much looking forward to singing to the Queen. It is quite nerve racking, but I’m also really excited.

“I have been trying to avoid the lurgy and people who are ill to make sure I don’t lose my voice.”

The song, which was created by Take That’s Gary Barlow and musical theatre legend Andrew Lloyd Webber, is set to be a key element of the country’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Monday will be the second time Capt Marshall, who is a member of Catterick Garrison’s Military Wags Choir, has performed the song in front of the Queen, after she sang it at a special birthday performance for Her Majesty at Lord Lloyd Webber’s house.

Capt Marshall’s grandparents, Will and Muriel Bamford, who live in Todmorden, said they’re beaming with pride at all her achievements.

Muriel said: “We are very proud of Becky. It is brilliant. When she rang up about ten days ago and said ‘they’ve chosen me’, we were so happy.

“She’s a lovely girl and she has no airs and graces.”

Capt Marshall, 28, left the upper Calder Valley when she was ten after the family moved to Oxfordshire, but she said part of her still feels like Hebden Bridge is her home. “It feels like a long time ago when we moved, but I still feel a connection to Hebden,” she added.