The highlight of the Leeds property professional’s calendar and premier annual charity event was again in full swing on Thursday 19th March 2015 at Elland Road to raise money for the St George’s Crypt and Lionheart charities.
This year was extra special for Blacks as not only were we in attendance to support the worthwhile event, but had also fielded an entry for the first time! Hopes were riding high on the three piece girl group named The Blackbirds, comprising of commercial property solicitor, Charlotte Spowage, probate and estate planning solicitor, Helen Gott and trainee solicitor, Sarah Tallant.
It was back to the golden era as the girls sang an intricate three part harmony arrangement of Christina Aguilera’s Candyman, complete with doo-wop dancing, victory-rolled hair (courtesy of Harlow’s Den) and full circle, rhinestone-covered petticoat skirts!
The Judges were full of praise for The Blackbirds’ performance with Richard “Louis” Lewis saying that it was a performance they could be very proud of, Paula “Sharon” Dillon commending the beautiful, tight harmonies and head-judge Jonathan “Simon” Morgan saying that the Blacks’ entry was the “best resourced, best rehearsed, best dressed, best danced, best sang and the over-all best prepared act” they’d seen in the 9 years the competition had been going.
Despite effusive comments from the judges The Blackbirds were not destined to win, with the eventual worthy winner; LaKeisha and the Keishettes taking the trophy. Their show-stopping rendition of Tina Turner’s Proud Mary ultimately getting the crowd dancing in the aisles!
A fantastic night was had by both the audience and the ‘turns’ with a record amount of money, in excess of £60,000 net, being raised for the charities.
Will The Blackbirds be back next year to battle again? Watch this space…..