‘Buble’ magic at Spalding party for elderly

Spalding vocalist Phil Wigger. ANL-151011-171816001
Spalding vocalist Phil Wigger. ANL-151011-171816001
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Guests at the Spalding Guardian Christmas Day lunch and party can expect a little ‘Buble’ festive magic at this year’s event.

Local crooner Phil Wigger has volunteered to help entertain the elderly who will be joining us for a free meal and fun at the Ivo Day Centre in Spalding.

I just want the people that are going to be there have a great time.

Vocalist Paul Wigger

Phil – whose repertoire includes songs by Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond, Matt Munro and 60s and 70s favourites, as well as Michael Buble – has appeared at Macmillan charity and other events in the area.

He has also written two Top 20 hits – the UK British entry for Europe in 1983 ‘I’m Never Giving Up’, sung by Sweet Dreams; and the Brighton FC anthem ‘The Boys in the Old Brighton Blue’.

His musical career has seen him tour with Billy J Kramer, Carrie Grant of Fame Academy, songwriters Jan Pulsford, Biddu and Ron Roker, film composer Anne Dudley and actor Tony Head.

Excited about joining our party, he said: “I just want the people that are going to be there to have a great day, and if I can help make this happen, then it’s all worthwhile.”

More guests are signing up to come along to the party each week and our volunteers list is growing, too.

Rolling his sleeves up to help is the vice-chairman of South Holland District Council Rodney Grocock, who is coming along with his wife, Christine.

He said: “We normally have Christmas with our daughters but our grandchildren are grown-up now and we thought it would be nice to do something to help the community. We’ll be there, ready to do anything where we can help.”

There is still plenty of time for elderly people or couples who might otherwise be alone on Christmas Day to book. Transport will be provided. This year we would like to run a raffle, so gift donations would be welcome. To book, call the Spalding Guardian on 01775 765415 or email chrissie.redford@jpress.co.uk

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