Cleese joins Christmas appeal

ONE of Weston's most famous sons has lent his support to a Weston father and son team trying to raise money for cancer victims this Christmas. Legendary comic John Cleese, star of comedies such as Fawlty Towers and Monty Python, has endorsed a CD created

ONE of Weston's most famous sons has lent his support to a Weston father and son team trying to raise money for cancer victims this Christmas.Legendary comic John Cleese, star of comedies such as Fawlty Towers and Monty Python, has endorsed a CD created by Chris and Johnathan Manners, who successful fought cancer and have brought together more than 30 top musicians for the fund-raising project.Mr Cleese, who grew up in Weston, said: "We've all been touched in some way by the destructive force of cancer, either as a patient, or had a family member, or close friend who is a sufferer."We can only beat cancer by continuing to look for new treatments. This takes money, and commitment."Supporting the work of research charities is an investment in all our futures. That's why I am delighted to support this CD of Christmas carols, which is raising funds for Cancer Research UK. Jonathan and his friends have worked hard to produce this wonderful CD, and I hope you enjoy it - knowing that you are also helping this great cause."Johnathan, aged 27, and his 65-year-old father Chris recorded the CD in All Saints Church, Weston, and the line-up includes the former harpist to Prince Charles, Catrin Finch, and carols by the organist at St Paul's Cathedral, Malcolm Archer, Andrew Johnstone who is assistant director of music at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, and Howard Goodall, who composed the theme tunes to BBC TV shows The Vicar of Dibley, 2.4 Children and Blackadder.During his final stages of cancer treatment, Jonathan hatched the plan to produce the CD featuring many of the carols sung during that time. The CD, entitled What Sweeter Music, will be released in November. Priced £10 it will be available in shops and via www.whatsweetermusic.com


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