Wakefield’s Aqua Babes release Christmas single for charity

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A group of friends who met at a swimming fitness club have teamed up with a musician and put together a Christmas CD for charity.

The 12 women recorded the Christmas single - Put A Smile On Your Face (It’s Christmas Time) - as the Aqua Babes, with Wakefield musician Paul Whitfield.

All of the women take aqua aerobics classes together at Oasis Health Club, Doncaster Road.
And they will donate the proceeds from the 1,800 copies of the CD to Wakefield Hospice.

Ann Thomasson, 60, of Thornhill Close, Walton, said: “We all met at the aerobics club and one day we just came up with the idea to record a song for charity.

“It has been a lot of fun and a wonderful experience going from just thinking about doing it to actually recording.

“We approached Paul because we had heard his voice before and really liked it, and he agreed to work with us.”

Mr Whitfield, a singer and songwriter, wrote the music and lyrics for the song.

The group held various coffee mornings and raffles last month to raise enough money to cover the cost of recording and producing the CD.

Mrs Thomasson added: “We are all from Wakefield and we wanted to support the hospice because it’s such a worthy charity.

“Quite a few of us have had friends or family members who have been cared for by the hospice so it’s close to our hearts.”

All of the Aqua Babes are from Wakefield and are aged between 40 and 65.

The CD costs £3 and was released in November and is also available for 99p on iTunes as a virtual download.

The group consists Paul Whitfield, Mandy Scholey, Diana Holden, Sue Jarvis, Dawn Spencer, Liz Dale, Sue Mitchell, Gillian Hurst, Shirley Parker, Brenda Dalton, Nicky Kershaw, Julie Wood, Ann Thomasson.

It has been sponsored by En Route Salon and the New Inn pub in Walton, Bluebell Salon in Crofton, Berendsen UK in Portobello, Vinci Construction in Durkar, Areian Enterprises and Advanced Climate Control.

To buy it on iTunes log on to https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/put-smile-on-your-face-its/id945818034

The CD is on sale at Wakefield Council Visitor Centre on the Bull Ring and Present Days in the Ridings.

For more information contact annthomasson@hotmail.co.uk