Video: Bishop of Lynn revives “Wild Thing” past to record charity CD

10:54 03 January 2013

Bishop of Lynn Jonathan Meyrick is recording a charity CD to raise money for Tapping House Hospice. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Bishop of Lynn Jonathan Meyrick is recording a charity CD to raise money for Tapping House Hospice. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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HE had a brush with fame after appearing on ITV’s Stars in Their Eyes dressed as Reg Presley and singing one of The Troggs’ biggest hits.

But now the Bishop of Lynn has revived his “Wild Thing” past by recording a CD of 1960s songs to raise money for charity.

It comes after the Rt Rev Jonathan Meyrick stole the show at the launch of last year’s Festival Too in King’s Lynn by performing with a 1960s tribute act as a guest vocalist

Bishop Jonathan said: “This CD has all come about because I sang at the Festival Too launch event.

“After singing with the Yesterdays, the band suggested to me that I record a CD to raise money for charity and it’s gone from there really.

“I’ve now recorded what I need to and I’m just waiting for it to be tied together and for the launch date to be decided.”

The six-song CD features the Monkees’ I’m A Believer and The Rolling Stones’ Satisfaction as well as The Troggs’ Wild Thing.

The Rt Rev Meyrick, who became Bishop of Lynn in 2011, continued: “I had hoped it would have been ready in time for Christmas, but now we are looking for suitable dates for it to be launched.”

Possible dates being considered include Easter and Festival Too and the bishop added more tracks might be added if there is a long enough delay before it is released.

The collaboration between The Yesterdays and the Rt Rev Meyrick at Lynn’s free music festival in June came about after a chance meeting between him and the group’s bass player, Jamie Thurston, on the train.

So impressed were the organisers of Norfolk’s biggest free pop festival that the former Dean of Exeter Cathedral has been asked to return to the Festival Too stage this summer.

He said he hoped the CD would raise thousands of pounds for two West Norfolk fundraising appeals before adding it is “very important” the CD is launched at the best time to help achieve this goal.

The money raised by sales will be split between the Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House’s Seahorse Appeal, which is being backed by the EDP, and a campaign to restore St Nicholas Chapel to its former glory.

The Snettisham-based charity hopes to raise £750,000 by December when it moves operations to a full-service hospice in Hillington.

The campaign to restore the King’s Lynn chapel has seen the Friends of St Nicholas Chapel and the Churches Conservation Trust unite to try and raise the £210,000 needed to secure a Lottery grant.

The £1.5m project at St Nicholas Chapel will include re-roofing the nave and south aisle while adding insulation, putting in toilets and lighting the beautiful carved angels in the ceiling.

If the application to the Heritage Lottery Fund is successful, work could start by next September.

The Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House’s new hospice, along with the charity’s Hospice at Home team, will help the charity give a more complete service to more people in West Norfolk, North Norfolk and parts of Cambridgeshire.

But the charity, which currently supports more than 280 people every month, needs to raise £750,000 before December to ensure patients can take advantage of the new hospice and other services straight away.

For more information about the charity and ways to donate to the Seahorse Appeal visit www.norfolkhospice.org.uk

Any donations to the St Nicholas Chapel appeal can be made at True’s Yard Museum, close to the chapel.

Visit www.stnicholaskingslynn.org.uk to find out more.

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