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7 December 2011, 06:00
A man from Hemel Hempstead's helped compose a song to mark the sacrifice of British troops on operations after being inspired by the people of Royal Wootton Bassett.
Charlie Williiams of Leverstock Green, was asked by his boss Ken Nicholl to help him put some music to song lyrics he'd written.
Ken, who was in the Army for 16 years, decided to compose the song after watching a documentary about military repatriations through Royal Wootton Bassett. His son James is currently on this third tour in Afghanistan.
“I felt compelled to do something to thank those people for their respect and support,” he said. “Although there is great sorrow in the world, the memories and spirits of the fallen goes on.
“My son and my friends are really surprised that I’ve written this because I’m not your regular ‘sensitive guy’ at all, but I wanted to reach out and say thank you to those people.”
“I’m thrilled with what we’ve produced and now what we really want to do is get it out there so that serving troops can benefit,” Ken added.
It's hoped funds from the single will help to publish a book of poetry written by troops on the frontline, which would be donated to soldiers across the country.
“I really hope Wingman Down expresses hope for the future, especially for the families of those who have died,” he said. “There are occasions where you really realise that a song, a verse, has the greatest reach and the potential to offer comfort."
Wingman Down is available to buy at ITUNES and Amazon