Harvey raises the roof (and £945 cash)

Nine year old  promoter Harvey Finlay who organised his own concert for a local hospital children's ward. Picture: Malcolm Billingham S0244MB
Nine year old promoter Harvey Finlay who organised his own concert for a local hospital children's ward. Picture: Malcolm Billingham S0244MB

GOLDTHORPE rocked on Friday night - thanks to the efforts of a singing schoolboy!

A full concert was organised by nine-year old Harvey Finlay of Pickup Crescent, Wombwell, to raise cash for the children’s hospital ward he once visited for a minor operation.

Harvey, supported by his family and fellow singers and musicians from the Voice Box Studios at Barnsley, entertained for an entire evening at Goldthorpe Reform Working Men’s Club, and raised a massive £945 for poorly youngsters at Barnsley District General Hospital.

His mum Rebecca, 31, said that her son does not have pushy parents and has always been independent.

On Friday, he took charge completely, singing a few opening numbers then joining others for some joint performances, she said.

“I kept trying to help but he just wanted me to sit down. He was very mature, it was amazing,” added Rebecca.

As a tot, the Park Street Primary School pupil danced before he started singing about the age of six, and he enjoys a wide range of music but particularly loves Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars, said his mum.

He wore a carefully chosen, different trendy outfit for every number he blasted out during his show.

“I think we’re all a bit crazy in this family in one way or another, but I don’t know where Harvey got his talent from,” confessed Rebecca, who watched proudly from the sidelines with Harvey’s dad Daniel, 35, and his brother Joshua, 16.

Joshua, who is six feet four inches tall, was roped in by his brother to act as doorman on Friday.

Along with the entertainment, that was wound up with a blast of Bon Jovi songs that had everyone up on their feet, Harvey organised a raffle and a bingo game to raise extra cash.

Rebecca said: “When people realised that the football had been delayed they were coming in to buy raffle tickets and ended up staying. It was a particularly good turnout considering that the football was on that night.”

Supporting acts on the evening included girl group Misdemeanor, Cemetery, No Boys Aloud, Lev, Joe, and Stevie James, all from the Voice Box.

“We’d like to say a big thanks to everyone who came along. It was an absolutely fantastic night,” said Rebecca.

“We were thrilled at the support.”