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Welling couple sing alongside celebrities in WW1 charity video

PUBLISHED: 10:49 20 August 2014 | UPDATED: 11:57 20 August 2014

Lisa and Alex Askew. Picture: Stewart Marks - The Urban Snapper

Lisa and Alex Askew. Picture: Stewart Marks - The Urban Snapper

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A couple appeared in a music video to mark the commemoration of the First World War.

Alex and Lisa Askew, of Welling, Bexley, appeared in the video to launch the new recording of the hit marching song Pack Up Your Troubles.

Alex, who is now a musician, singer and songwriter, has previously served with the RAF in Afghanistan as an infantry gunner.

He and his wife Lisa were helped by SSAFA, which was the only national military charity in existence when War was declared in 1914, and appeared in the video alongside a cast of TV celebrities, veterans, serving personnel and young cadets.

The charity is hoping it will become a viral sensation and work its way back into the hearts and minds of the public.

Alex explained: “Being involved in the video was great fun but it is important that we remember that the troops involved in WWI and their families suffered terribly during the conflict. What’s even more important is that then, as now, SSAFA did a lot to help.”

“It’s amazing,” Lisa, a promoter and photographer, added.

“It’s just lovely.”

The pair have done a great deal of work to help SSAFA, organising the SSAFA Bandfest Charity event at the Old Mill Pub on Plumstead Common in May, which was attended by more than 300 people.

They were delighted to appear in the video, and Alex said that they had the chance to appear next to some famous faces including Alan Titchmarsh, Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford, X-factor contestant Jonjo Kerr and accapella musical group Blake.

The song has been given the support of both the composer’s grandson, Aubrey Powell, and the Military Wives Choir.

Aubrey said: “I was delighted to help give SSAFA the opportunity to create a new recording of the song, which has been hailed by many as the viral hit of World War One.

“My great uncle declared the tune “piffle” when my grandfather first played it to him, but Pack Up Your Troubles became one of the defining songs of the 20th Century and it’s great to be part of its resurgence 100 years on.

“The support SSAFA continues to offer to those who are serving, and those who have served, as well as their families, is as vital today as it was back then, so I’m glad they will benefit from the song’s enduring popularity.”

To view the video, please visit ssafa.org.uk/smile or to find out more information about SSAFA and the work that they do please visit ssafa.org.uk

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