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The Argus

Brighton, Tuesday January 31st, 2017

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West Sussex County Times

South Downs, Thursday February 9th, 2012

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West Sussex Gazette

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

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Vintage Radio Years Press

Lyricist takes a trip down memory lane

West Sussex County Times, Friday 10th July 2009

A LYRICIST who works with the elderly in Storrington and Pulborough is hoping for support to step forward and help nurture the vision. Kym Veale, 43, tours the Sussex care homes with her scheme ‘Radio Years’ – a project which looks to jog the memory of the elderly through Lyrics and music. Over the years she has been amazed at the positive reaction from those she works with, from which she says is down to the inspiration of the music from the 30s, 40s and 50s she plays. “I have seen lots of wonderful things happen,” she said. “When I finish each show everybody is smiling and their confidence has been restored. “It draws people out of themselves. “The biggest reward at the end of the day is knowing I have made a positive difference”.

 Ms Veale started the project around eight years ago as a pilot scheme after being inspired by a project by Horsham Arts Centre. She explained: “I just felt the music was  such a powerful way of sparking off memories in the elderly , this has been proven time and time again… ”
In her show, she recites verses with hidden artistes in each, this helps recall memory followed by the presentation of a popular piece of music. Homes she attends include Hillside Lodge in Pulborough and The Royal Air force Association in Storrington, (Sussexdown). The songs hail from the 30s, 40s and 50s era and include music by the greats such as Dame Gracie Fields, Dame Vera Lynn, Billy Cotton, and Glenn Miller. “They never seem to forget the songs,” she said. “For the last eight years I have seen our music legends run through the hearts of our people here, and the hope this has continued to bring to their lives!”

Ms Veale now hopes people with good knowledge about some of the legendary musicians from that era will come forward and support the scheme. “I would really like someone to come forward who has a lot of knowledge of the radio years and it’s music, to help the treasures unfold to it’s full potential, I can collect information off the internet but sometimes it is not accurate…..”

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