|SINGER'S PROTEST TOUR FOR HOSPITAL CAMPAIGN GOING STRONG
Singer Shirley Higton is taking a campaign to highlight the plight of an East Yorkshire hospital on tour.
The Bridlington singer-songwriter is taking a petition, recently launched as a last attempt to save vital services at the town's hospital, to as many venues as she can in one week.
She will play mainly venues in Bridlington, but she is also asking venues further afield if they can host her during the week following Friday, February 8.
Ms Higton also plans to release a CD of her song Cost Effective - a tongue-in-cheek look at NHS funding - to raise funds for the campaign and for the Macmillan cancer care ward at the Bridlington hospital.
|She said: "My ambition is to perform a 45-minute set at as many venues as I can during the week - daytime and evening.
"I will be armed with copies of the CD and a petition for people to sign. The song is fairly humorous stuff, but I hope people will listen and support the campaigners."
Ms Higton will also take the petition further afield, when she performs in Birmingham this week.
She said: "I plan to take the petition with me to all of my gigs.
"We have thousands of visitors to Bridlington every year, so the hospital situation doesn't just affect local people." The Campaign & Petition is run by Mick Pilling of the Save Bridlington Hospital Campaign Action Group Mick as been invited to the Venue at Sewerby Hall 29th February 2008 as guest of honor
The petition was launched last week by campaigners in Bridlington who are desperately trying to stop service cuts, despite a management decision last month to forge ahead with closures.
It will be handed to Health Secretary Alan Johnson, asking him to stop the planned closure of the hospital's cardiac monitoring unit and acute wards.
Although no final decision has been made, Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Healthcare Trust, which manages the hospital, indicated it intends to close the units at a board meeting last month.
The song's lyrics reflect the feeling in the town that the hospital is slowly being closed down. They include the lines: "The townsfolk will be treated at Scarborough and we will sometimes throw in a free ride.
"But when we said we would never close this place down - it looks as though we lied."
Any East Yorkshire venue owners who would like to help Ms Shirley Higton can call her on (01262) 604866.