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Video: Dartford Poppy Girl Bethany Davey to sing charity single for the Queen
A DARTFORD teenager is set to serenade the Queen as part of a specially selected group raising money for the armed forces.
Bethany Davey, 15, will perform for Her Majesty during the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall on November 9 as part of the Poppy Girls raising money for this year’s Poppy Appeal.
The Dartford Grammar School for Girls pupil beat off 1,000 other hopefuls to win a place in the five-piece who all have dads serving in the Royal Navy, Army or Royal Air Force.
Her father Dean, 45, was a regular soldier in the 9th/12th Royal Lancers before his daughter was born and is now a reservist with the 151 (London) Transport Regiment, Royal Logistics Corps.
Bethany says her dad got emotional when he first heard the Poppy Girls’ fundraising single The Call (No Need To Say Goodbye).
She told News Shopper: "When my dad first heard the song he started crying and he never cries so that was a good thing I guess.
"I feel very proud to represent not only the Poppy Appeal but also my dad and other serving members of the forces through the single and singing in front of the Queen."
Bethany is joined in the Poppy Girls by Megan Adams, 10, Alice Milburn, 13, Florence Ransom, 10, and Charlotte Mellor, 17.
Her fellow band members certainly aren’t the first to have enjoyed her dulcet tones as dad Dean, mum Lisa, 44, and brother Keir, 12, can attest.
Bethany (second from left) and her fellow Poppy Girls are heading to the Royal Albert Hall to sing for the Queen.
GCSE student Bethany said: "I have been singing literally all my life and I don’t stop singing.
"It is my passion and I don’t really want to do anything else in life."
Bethany sent judges a Youtube video from her own channel to win her place in the band in response to a call on Facebook.
She added: "We are kind of like family already and we are really close. I don’t really want it to end to be honest."
The Call (No Need To Say Goodbye) is available to pre-order on Amazon and iTunes before its release on Remembrance Day, November 11, with all proceeds going to the Poppy Appeal.
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