VOTING DAY:PLEASE VOTE HONEYTONES
The George Hotel is supporting local band 'The Honeytones' in the Peoples Millions vote on November 25th. Please take a few minutes to read about their incredible achievements.
Voting Day November 25th 2008.
You can only vote on the day that the Honeytones are broadcast which is why the number which will not be published until November 25th in the Daily Mirror, the Big Lottery website : www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/peoplesmillions and of course it will be broadcast by ITV Westcountry on the day.
Anyone can vote and you do not have to live in the Westcountry area to vote. Calls will cost 10p from a BT landline and up to 10 calls can be registered from one line.
The Honeytones are a rock’n’ roll band which was formed in 2001 by Bob Courtney along with two residents of a North Devon care home for learning disabled adults. Their huge enthusiasm attracted new members from the same community and they are now a nine-piece outfit centred on keyboards and guitar with a large and wide-ranging repertoire.
In 2006 they were awarded £9,000.00 by the “Awards For All” lottery scheme to purchase much-needed equipment and began to take their music to a wider audience. Following a remarkable gig at a black tie dinner for Braunton Rotary, the band experienced a huge increase in popularity. At the end of that 40 minute performance, the whole room erupted in applause and received a standing ovation which was unprecedented for such an event. The band was from that point totally committed to taking their performances to as wide a public as possible. They have performed for local organisations, charities and at many public events and want to continue doing so.
Unfortunately the future of the band is bleak. They have lost their equipment storage facility and can no longer practice at the free facility they previously enjoyed. The residential home where they live is scheduled to close, leaving them with no transport. At present, the equipment (three Transit loads!) is stuffed into Bob’s terraced house. The band are clubbing together to hire South Molton Church Hall for weekly rehearsal sessions.
But here’s the good news. They’ve got through to the finals of the “Peoples Millions 2008” on ITV Westcountry which will be televised on November 25th 2008. If the band wins the public vote then they stand to gain nearly £50,000.00 to enable them to take their performances out to a wider public, especially the young and disadvantaged in society.
Four of Her Majesty’s prisons have expressed interest in The Honeytones. If they are successful with the Peoples Millions award, The Honeytones will purchase their own minibus, a trailer for their equipment along with generator and marquee which will make them virtually independent. They will not have the safe rehearsal and storage base which they previously enjoyed but their music and infectious enthusiasm will continue to entertain audiences in North Devon and beyond.