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Deputy Lord Mayor performs at fundraising charity concert

Published: 31 May 2023

Deputy Lord Mayor performs at fundraising charity concert Lord Mayor of Exeter, Cllr Kevin Mitchell and Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr Tess Read

Exeter’s Deputy Lord Mayor will be performing at a concert for the Lord Mayor’s charity at Southernhay United Reformed Church on Saturday June 10, at 7.30pm.

Cllr Tess Read leads a cappella group Tess & the d’Urbervilles. Their Let The Sunshine In concert is in aid of Lord Mayor Kevin Mitchell’s chosen cause for his year in office, FORCE Cancer Charity, which offers free support and advice to local people affected by cancer.

The choir, which also features Green councillor for Heavitree Catherine Rees, will sing upbeat pop classics and soulful harmonies.

Lord Mayor, Cllr Mitchell said: “I know first-hand the huge amount of support FORCE offer Cancer patients and their loved ones. This will be a very enjoyable evening and I am really looking forward to hearing my Deputy Lord Mayor’s group perform. It would be great to see a full house so we can raise as much as possible for such an amazing cause.”

Tickets cost £10, or £8 for concessions, plus a 50p booking fee and are available in advance from the Corn Exchange: or on the door.

Cllr Read said: “I hope you can join us at this charity concert where my singing groups will take you on a musical journey to Let the Sunshine In, all in aid of Devon’s excellent cancer support charity, FORCE. Come and soak up the music and feel drenched in warm summer vibes.”

Olly Watts, Acting Head of Income Generation at FORCE, said: “We are incredibly grateful to have been selected as the Lord Mayor’s charity for 2023-24 and we’re excited to be part of this amazing charity concert.

“FORCE needs to raise £1.7 million each year to continue supporting people affected by cancer but we can only achieve this goal with the help and support of the communities that we serve. Please join us if you can for toe-tapping tunes and soaring harmonies this June.

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