Singing for Parky!

By: Elaine Brand |
19/01/11 |
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Blackpool’s players have taken time out of training to record a charity single to benefit the Club’s sick coach Gary Parkinson.

Ian Holloway and his squad joined youngsters from Blackpool and Fylde’s children’s pantomime to raise money for Parkinson and Donna’s Dream House.

The single, which will be on sale at the end of the week, features lyrics from famous Seasiders’ chants.

Some players more than others were unfazed by hitting the recording studio’s with the players keen to avoid hitting the diamonds lights!

Striker Luke Varney, who usually orchestrates Pool’s attacks, told the Blackpool Gazette: “I’ve done some modelling since I came to Blackpool and now I’ve done singing, I’m becoming multi-talented.”

“My voice is disgraceful so I’m glad we had plenty of backing singing. After doing that I have huge respect for anyone who gets on stage and performs, it was pretty nerve-wracking.”

“We love doing things like this for such a great cause.”

Parkinson, the Club’s Youth team coach, is on the long road to recovery after suffering a stroke in September.

The 42 year old was left with locked-in syndrome, a condition of almost total paralysis.

A charity has been set-up by Derek Spence, of Blackpool FC’s Community Trust, to raise money for the popular coach’s family. He said:

“There’s no quick fix for the situation Gary’s in, it’s something we need to keep in the public eye. So I can’t thank the lads and Ian Holloway enough for getting involved.”

“The fact the players have given up their time yet again for Gary is fantastic. Let’s hope we have a number one on our hands.”

Stars including captain Charlie Adam, David Vaughan and Elliot Grandin all sang their hearts out despite only being given the lyrics five minutes before recording.

And tough-tackling defender Ian Evatt told The Blackpool Gazette that he fancies his chances of a pop career after getting involved. He added:

“None of us have the best voices in the world, but it’s for a great cause and a bit of fun too.”