WATCH: Cloughton's Rat Pack record a very special 'Bring Me Sunshine' ... and Eric Morecambe's daughter loves the cheeky ending!

The renowned Cloughton Rat Pack have not let lockdown put an end to their playing and fundraising - they have become video stars.

By Steve Bambridge
Monday, 11th May 2020, 1:12 pm
Updated Monday, 11th May 2020, 2:38 pm

They have recorded a special video, which you can see here and is on Youtube, and their rendition of 'Bring Me Sunshine', the famous Morecambe and Wise song, has even drawn praise from Eric Morecambe's daughter ... who particularly enjoyed its cheeky ending !

The Rat Pack formed in 2007 when a few locals decided to raise money for Cloughton man Mick Readman by holding a memorial cricket match each year.

Mick had been cared for in his final days at Saint Catherine's, which became the group's chosen charity.

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In time, the group of friends decided to form a band and the Cloughton Rat Pack was born.

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Since then, with backing from King Willy's Big Band, they have played sold-out shows at Burniston and Cloughton Village Hall and Scarborough Spa, as well as at Staxtonbury music festival.

They have so far raised more than £178,500 for the Scarborough-based charity, which covers a huge area along the coast and into Ryedale and Driffield, and the next target is to reach £200,000.

A still from the video

The 'Bring Me Sunshine ... Cloughton Rat Pack on lockdown' video was released last week and within hours £300 had been donated.

It was shared on Facebook on a Morecambe and Wise fan group, and Eric Morecambe's daughter Gail Stuart commented: "Fantastic. I love the ending!"

Rat Pack member Steve Chambers said: "It doesn’t look like we will be able to do any of our normal fundraising events this year, so to make sure we keep the momentum going and the donations coming in, we all decided to record some songs from home.

"We decided to do Bring Me Sunshine, and videoed our parts of the song individually.

A still from the video

"Rob Webb and Will Oseland have stitched it together. Rob, who works at Saint Catherine's, also got some of the staff to video a dance to include in it!"

Susan Stephenson, Communications & Marketing Manager at Saint Catherine's, said: "We are so thankful for their ongoing support and unwavering commitment, even during these challenging times."

Bring Me Sunshine, written by Arthur Kent in 1966, became synonymous with the comedy duo, and Ernie Wise read out the lyrics at Eric Morecambe's funeral.

The Rat Pack say they have recorded a second song which will be released soon.

A still from the video

To read about the Rat Pack and donate visit the justgiving page here the full story and donate, go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ratpacklockdownThanks to Rob Webb for permission to use the video.

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