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BBC Essex sings for Pudsey

BBC Essex presenters are warming up their vocal chords and practising their breathing exercises as they prepare to belt out some classic songs on Friday 20 November as part of the station's very own Shame Academy, all in aid of BBC Children in Need.

Ray Clark, Dave Monk, Steve Scruton, Ken Crowther, Tim Gillett and Chris Penhall are leaving their studios behind and performing some classic hits for Pudsey, in front of hundreds of schoolchildren at Maldon Primary School.

The children will then choose their favourite acts.

Linda Good, Assistant Head Teacher, Maldon Primary School, says: "We're thrilled to be asked to host Shame Academy for BBC Essex and we hope the event ends on a high note."

The top three acts, as chosen by the schoolchildren, will then battle it out on stage at the Chelmsford Christmas lights switch-on by Lee Mead (BBC One's Any Dream Will Do) on Sunday 22 November from 3.00pm.

The big finale is being compered by BBC Essex presenter Sadie Nine and the panel of judges will include Steve Cherelle, Eric Hall and John Hayes.

All the BBC Essex acts have been practising extensively and perfecting their on-stage personae with the help of BBC Essex Country presenter Steve Cherelle, who has been giving them some much-needed singing lessons and tips ahead of their big stage debut.

This is not the first time the station's presenters have done something different for BBC Children in Need.

Last year they put on their glad-rags and dancing shoes and raised hundreds of pounds with their version of BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing.

Ray Clark, breakfast presenter, says: "Last year I pulled on my dancing shoes for BBC Children In Need and this year I'll be pulling on my Elvis suit alongside the rest of the members of our group.

"We're calling it Ray's-a-laugh after one of my favourite acts Razorlight. Here's hoping we can sing as well as them!"

Last year's BBC Children in Need Appeal raised a record-breaking £37.8million with £672,000 awarded to nine separate projects from Essex in local grants.

BBC Essex broadcasts on 95.3 & 103.5 FM, DAB digital radio and online via the BBC iPlayer.


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