Lossiemouth performers to sing alongside stars at David Gest bash

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Budding Moray stage stars will rub shoulders with some top names during an upcoming tribute evening to David Gest.

“Walk on By” legend Dionne Warwick, Three Degrees singer Sheila Ferguson and X-Factor finalist Rebecca Ferguson are all lined up for the David’s Last Wish concert.

But they will be sharing the spotlight with youngsters from Lossie Entertainment Academy during the London event.

The concert is being arranged to launch a new charity created in honour of Mr Gest, who died a year ago today.

The Hollywood celebrity was a driving force behind Robert Burns The Musical, along with close friend and fellow Burns fan Michael Jackson.

The show was later made a reality by the Lossiemouth-based stage school, and has since been performed across Scotland.

Its performers will sing a song he wrote for an earlier version of the production.

Lossie Entertainment Academy co-owner, Tish Tindall, said the cast had cancelled a trip to New York for Tartan Week celebrations to rehearse for the performance.

She added: “Being on the same bill as Dionne Warwick is huge for us, this will be the our biggest performance yet.

“This should do an awful lot for the reputation of the piece, and we are looking at it as an international launch.

“We are delighted to be a part of this, it’s an incredible platform to be on.”

Ms Tindall is an ambassador for the fledgling David Gest Foundation, which will raise money for charities by staging public entertainment events.

Other names lined up for the bash include American singers Freda Payne and Deniece Williams.

It will take place on June 14, and more information is available by e-mailing info@davidgestfoundation.com