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Soul singer Shola Ama steps in to help keep Eye swimming pool afloat

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Soul and R&B singer Shola Ama is to help save Eye swimming pool.

Shola, who shot to fame in the UK in 1990s with the Turley Richards cover You Might Need Somebody, is to perform in the town next month to raise essential funds.

The pool at Eye Primary School is currently out of operation and in urgent need of repair.

Shola Ama will appear at Eye town Hall next month
Shola Ama will appear at Eye town Hall next month

Shola's You Might Need Somebody reached number four in the UK singles chart remained in the top 40 for almost two months - becoming one of 1997’s biggest hits.

A re-release of You're the One I Love followed in August 1997 and reached number three. Her third single Who's Loving My Baby was released in November 1997 and reached number13.

At the age of 18, Shola released her debut album Much Love and, on the success of the album, won a Brit Award for Best British Female and two Mobo Awards for Best Newcomer and Best R&B act.

Her visit is down to Eye man, Lee Lucraft, who is continuing his mission to bring top soul stars to the town.

Mr Lucraft has become something of a music impresario after not only arranging a concert in his home town featuring 90s soul singer Kenny Thomas, but also soul legend Alexander O’Neal in neighbouring Brome.

Mr Lucraft, a courier, arranged these concerts to help raise money for Mr Thomas, whose daughter, Christina, is suffering from an inoperable brain tumour. The concerts have raised £10,000 so far.

Shola Ama's concert, though, will raise money for the Save Eye Swimming Pool Fund.

An official fundraising drive will be launched later this year, when the new school term starts.

Lee Lucraft also brought Alexander O'Neal to Brome
Lee Lucraft also brought Alexander O'Neal to Brome

“I am delighted to have arranged the latest concert and the swimming pool is definitely a worthy cause,” said Mr Lucraft.

“I’ve become a firm friend with Kenny, and he helped by getting in touch with Shola. She is a fantastic singer.”

Campaigners have launched fundraising pages for the swimming pool, which can be found by searching for Save Eye Pool on Facebook and also at www.gofundme.com. They are hoping to raise £10,000.

The will be held concert at Eye Town Hall on September 20.

Tickets for the concert cost £25 and are available from the Handyman store in Eye or by phoning 07476 927800.

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