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Former Hurworth girl to sing in front of the Queen
4:54pm Friday 25th October 2013 in News
A TEENAGER who spent her early years living in the North-East is preparing to sing for the Queen as part of an all-girl group.
Charlotte Mellor, 17, is the oldest member of the Poppy Girls – a quintet of military children aiming to top the charts.
She won a place in the group after being chosen out of about 1,000 hopefuls.
Charlotte was born in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, and spent the early years of her life living in Hurworth, near Darlington.
Her family has moved around over the past decade or so, as her father, 45-year-old Paul, is a chaplain in the RAF.
Charlotte’s mother, Claire, said the teenager took some persuading to audition for her part in the group, which will perform at the Festival of Remembrance, at the Royal Albert Hall, on November 11.
Mrs Mellor said: “She was very reluctant at first and her Dad had to work quite hard to persuade her.
“She eventually plucked up the courage to upload her entry to YouTube and heard back within the hour.”
Charlotte went through numerous further auditions before learning she had been selected, alongside ten-year-olds Megan Adams and Florence Ransom, 13-year-old Alice Milburn and Bethany Davy, 15.
All the girls’ fathers serve in the military.
Mrs Mellor said Charlotte, as the oldest girl in the group, is proving to be a role model, particularly for the two younger girls.
Charlotte, who is studying AS Levels at boarding school in Cambridge, hopes to go on to star in West End musicals.
Her family currently lives at RAF Cosford, in Shropshire.
Mrs Mellor is backing the girls’ single, The Call (No Need to Say Goodbye), which will raise funds for the Royal British Legion, to go to number one.
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