A group of motorcyclists has received the blessing of
pre-eminent folk duo The Proclaimers and now look set to launch one of the
year’s most unlikely attempts at making the pop charts.
The Boundary 500 Motorcycle group www.boundary500.co.uk has enlisted the help of
North-East band The Happy Cats, fronted by ex-Lindisfarne vocalist Marty
Craggs, in re-recording I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers’ signature
Sales of the song will raise money for two of the region’s
best-loved charities, the Great North Air Ambulance Service and Zoë’s Place
The lyrics of the song have been changed to reflect the
bikers’ dedication to the two causes, and the song itself has been given the
new title I’m Gonna Ride (500 Miles).
Brian Laverick, founder of the Boundary 500 group, said:
“It’s been a lot of hard work putting this together, but the end product is
something I think we can be really proud of. Song sales of about 3,000 in the week should see us
enter the top 40 which would be a phenomenal achievement in itself, but would
also raise lots of money for these two great charities. Lets make it a Christmas No 1”
The Boundary 500 was established to support GNAAS and takes
its name from the approximate distance around the boundary area of the air
ambulance charity. Every year, bikers from the group ride the 500 mile journey
to boost fundraising. It has raised more than £310,000 for GNAAS and £106,000
for Zoë’s Place since it began.
In a statement, Charlie and Craig Reid, of the Proclaimers,
said: “Our very best wishes to the Happy Cats’ and the Boundary 500 Motorcycle Group"
The song is available for 79p via iTunes from Monday, and in
CD and DVD format for £3 at www.greatnorthairambulance.co.uk/shop
I Tunes at, https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/im-gonna-ride-500-miles-for/id573699460
and you tube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTjlSmcQzk8