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A winning night for Penny, Charlie and Angela in the BBC Song for Lincolnshire final in Spalding




Three of our talented musicians are celebrating success after coming in the top three for the 2018 Song for Lincolnshire finals last night (Thursday).

Penny Sykes, from Holbeach, won the competition overall with her composition 'A Once in a Lifetime Man', inspired by Lincolnshire folk singer and song collector Brian Dawson.

Charlie Russell, a regular performer with Spalding Amateur Dramatic Operatic Society (SADOS) came second, after entering the competition for the first time with his song 'Red, Green, Gold and Blue'. He also won the 'best performance' award.

Winner of the BBC Song for Lincolnshire 2018 Penny Sykes. (5101559)
Winner of the BBC Song for Lincolnshire 2018 Penny Sykes. (5101559)

And Angela King, from West Pinchbeck, came third with her composition 'Wood and Stone.'

The event was held at the South Holland Centre in Spalding and hosted by presenter Jono Brine of BBC Radio Lincolnshire. It was also raising money for Children In Need and Pudsey Bear even gave a quick performance on a guitar.

Speaking about her win, Penny told us: "I'm really pleased, because of the subject of the song. It is quite nerve-racking as it is recorded live. It was a lovely atmosphere and the centre was full.

Charlie Russell performing his song Red, Green, Gold and Blue at the final. (5316807)
Charlie Russell performing his song Red, Green, Gold and Blue at the final. (5316807)

"It is not about the competition and it never has been. People come back because they like the music."

While Charlie's music is normally more rock/pop inspired, for the competition he said he incorporated folk music into his usual style.

"I tried to focus on the colours of the Lincolnshire flag," he said. "I thought about the fields, the flag and the blue sky. I tried to mention red in each verse as we have the Red Arrows and it being 100 years of the RAF.

Songwriter Angela King came third. She is pictured with fellow performer Paul Dickinson who was in last year's competition. (5101599)
Songwriter Angela King came third. She is pictured with fellow performer Paul Dickinson who was in last year's competition. (5101599)

"I spoke to people and asked them what Lincolnshire means to them."

And Angela said: "I had a great night. I enjoyed all the other songs. There was a great variety of styles.

"I was lucky enough to be a finalist. There are a lot of songs that do not get in yet they have a life afterwards and are the ones that are still sung and remembered."

Presenter Jono said: “The response BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s received from this year’s contest in Spalding has blown us away.

"The songs get better and better every year, and I was delighted to see Penny crowned as the winner.”

“Thank you to everyone who wrote a song for this year’s contest.”

  • Cover photo of Charlie Russell by SO Photography, Lincoln.


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