Brace yourself for Soham visit by Daniel O’Donnell who will not only perform but cut the ribbon at new homes opening ceremony

IRISH singing sensation Daniel O’Donnell will be returning to Soham next month to play a special one-off charity concert.

IRISH singing sensation Daniel O’Donnell will be returning to Soham next month to play a special one-off charity concert.

The hugely popular singer has an enormous worldwide fan base but will be playing to an audience of just 500 when he performs at the Ross Peers Centre on September 8.

Daniel was invited by long-time friend Winifred Day, who has already raised �75,000 for the singer’s charities and hopes to raise a further �25,000 when he visits.

Winifred, who lives in Soham, is also planning to have Daniel officially open a new 10-house development which she named Diamond Jubilee Close in honour of the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.

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Winifred said: “I’ve been friendly with Daniel for about 20 years, he does some fantastic work for his charities and I really wanted to help.

“We will be doing a lot of work at the sports centre to get it ready for the night and I’m looking forward to what will be a really special evening.”

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Although tickets for dinner at the venue have sold out, there are still tickets for the concert, starting at 8pm, priced at �45.

If you would like buy tickets then please contact Mrs Day, from August 22, on 01353 720324 or 07748 650006.

A STAR-studded cast has been assembled to support Daniel O’Donnell’s visit to Soham.

Daniel arrives on September 8 but, on the evening before he performs, singing stars Michael English, Fergal Flaherty and Des Willoughby will entertain crowds at The Brook in Soham. Compare for the evening will be Bob Brolly.

Tickets for dinner and the show are priced at �40 while tickets for the concert only are priced at �25, available from Winifred Day, from August 22 onwards, on 01353 720324 or 07748 650006.

The trio, together with compere Bob Brolly, will also perform again at the Saturday show, which takes place at the Ross Peers Sports Centre.

DANIEL O’Donnell will officially cut the ribbon to open the new Diamond Jubilee Close development in Soham.

After his charity concert at the Ross Peers Centre, Daniel will join Winifred Day on September 9 to formally declare the new road open.

It has been a long road to get the 10-house development finished, the heavy rain throughout April, May and June set builders back several weeks and Mrs Day also had to battle with the council over the naming of the road.

As reported by the Ely Standard last year, Soham Town Council initially refused to allow the road to be named Diamond Jubilee Close because, it claimed, the name was “rather too long”.

The decision was referred to East Cambridgeshire District Council a month later however, and it agreed to allow the name, which was Mrs Day’s tribute to the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.

Such is Winifred’s passion for all things British, she has even ensured that the colours of the front doors have a patriotic air, with red, white and blue along the entire street.

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