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Haverhill puppeteer writes and records a song to help raise money for the town's foodbank



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A character created by a puppeteer and former Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist from Haverhill has recorded a song in support of town-based charity REACH Community Projects.

Laura Bacon’s song is performed by Mavis, an elderly fox with a strong Suffolk accent.

The idea for the song first arose when Mavis was on Georgy Jamieson’s show on BBC Radio Suffolk discussing Black Friday and led to it being written - a first for Laura.

Mavis the elderly Suffolk fox has recorded a song in support of REACH Community Projects. Submitted picture
Mavis the elderly Suffolk fox has recorded a song in support of REACH Community Projects. Submitted picture

Laura explained: "Georgy exclaimed "I'd rather have a roast than a bargain" which we thought sounded like an old music hall song.

"And I said on air that I would write a song about it (I've never written a song in my life) so I did, and the next week it was played and received a lot of praise, so I decided to record it properly to raise money for Haverhill Foodbank (run by REACH)."

The song will be released this Saturday and has contributions from local musicians, pianist Nik Newark, trumpet player Grace Harman and violinist Ally Jenkins and will be sent via an automatically generated email to anyone who donates money to REACH via its website before Christmas.

Laura Bacon with her puppet character Mavis Mayes
Laura Bacon with her puppet character Mavis Mayes

Laura said: “We just want everyone to be able to eat because a roast dinner really is a lot better than shopping for bargains.”