Members of Burnham-On-Sea’s Ritz Social Club have been treated to a special visit and performance from chart-topping brain tumour survivor Lyra Cole from Highbridge.

Lyra, 6, wowed the audience with a superb performance of her hit Christmas single, a cover of ‘When a Child is Born’, during the club’s Christmas party night.

She was introduced on the club’s stage and, after a few initial nerves, she gave a perfect rendition of her song, which was met by applause and cheers from the audience.

Lyra’s song has reached number one in the Amazon music download charts and, as reported here, she has made it to raise funds for the charity Brain Tumour Research after going through emergency brain surgery as a five-month-old baby.

Paul Hale, the Ritz Club’s manager, thanked her for the performance and presented her with £100 from the club towards the charity.

Last week, Sir Cliff Richard said he thinks Lyra’s version is ‘absolutely wonderful’ and describes her as a “beautiful, brave young lady” and says he is “thrilled” she made the record to help other brain tumour patients in future.

Lyra, who is a pupil at Berrow School, and her aunt, Jessie Hawkins, chose to raise money by covering the song, which was also covered by Cliff in 2003.

Jessie, Lyra’s aunt, said: “We are so thrilled with the response we have had and to get a message from Sir Cliff really is the icing on the cake.”

“We hope that when people listen, they think about everything Lyra has been through and make a donation to give hope to families who, like us, know the devastation caused by a brain tumour.”

The single is being sold as a 99 pence download on Amazon here and is the UK’s number one single and the UK’s second best-selling album.

The single was shot at several local locations including Sanders Garden Centre in Brent Knoll, Mendip Snowsport Centre and Tropicana Icescape in Weston.

Amid a whirlwind of media coverage, the family has appeared on BBC Points West, ITV West and ITV’s This Morning and been featured in the national press.


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