Wor Vera singer wraps up her 150 concert lockdown tour

A singer who kept hundreds of care home residents entertained during the lockdown has brought her tour of the North East to a close – with plans to help train up the next generation to keep the songs of the past alive.

Tuesday, 18th August 2020, 3:24 pm

Now she has put together a CD featuring 21 tracks she has recorded, with a new radio show in the pipeline and plans to launch a vintage school, helping to keep the old times alive through the next generation.

It comes after the 37-year-old from Hebburn, who is mum to Matthew, 20, Charlotte, 18, Charlie, 13, and Maysie, nine, completed the 150 shows in 111 days, with the last held close to home, including appearances at Hebburn Court and Hadrian Lodge in Simonside.

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Deborah Taylor-Smith performing at one of her Wor Vera shows.

Deborah, a Sunderland University performing arts student who also sang as part of Clap for Carers, said: “It’s meant the world to me.

"I feel like it’s been like a battery in my heart, because when all my revenue dried up, which was a bit emotional, working at the care homes made me really happy.

"If you do something nice, nice comes back to you.

Residents and staff at a care home watch on as Deborah Taylor-Smith sings during her lockdown tour.

"Before lockdown I lost all my work and lost thousands of pounds, I had to look at Universal Credit, think about my kids and I just thought, what can I do?

"A lot of these residents have dementia and can’t remember what they had to for tea, but they can remember these old songs and it helps them think about their families and friends, maybe they were in the war or were young, so it brings back memories for them.

"I feel so grateful for all the support I’ve been given.”

Deborah has previously worked on Radio South Shields and is now set to launch a new show, Wor Vera Geordie Sweetheart, on Nova Radio, at the end of this month.

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