Wigan poet releases first CD to support Hospice

11 December 2015

Seventy-one year old George Melling, from Pemberton, has released his first CD and is selling it this Christmas in aid of Wigan and Leigh Hospice.

George discovered his love for poetry in his mid-sixties after losing his wife and son and now, a few years later, he mixes in circles with professional poets and performs several times a month at venues across the region.

Following the death of his wife Alwyn, George withdrew and stayed at home, surrounded by his precious family photographs. His son, Stephen, had died five years earlier of Epilepsy so, after Alwyn died, George was alone.

A few years later, a friend introduced George to Musicability in Chorley and he started playing the Ukulele. This inspired George's interest in poetry and he began writing and eventually performing his poems in front of an audience.

George began to discover that poetry enabled him to express his feelings for the first time.

George said: "I have never been able to really talk about my feelings but, somehow, through poetry I have been able to express myself and share my feelings. It's as if poetry is my therapy and I found I can now open up and face my feelings head on.

In 2012, ten years after losing his son, George finally found the courage to write a poem about it and the painful experience he went through. After two weeks writing it, George performed the very emotional poem to around 40 people at Musicability on the 10th anniversary of his son Stephen's death. George has now performed it for a second and final time on his new CD.

George's CD is called Th'owd Chap, named after a poem he wrote which reflects on how his life changed after Alwyn died.George Melling

The CD includes twelve poems, set to a background of music and special effects.

George said: "Some are sad, some are hopeful, some are happy, some are shocking and some are plain daft but all of them are honest and I dedicate them to my late wife, Alwyn, and late son Stephen.

"I would like to thank my friends Stephen Houghton, Dawn Houghton, James Mahmoud, Julia Sixsmith and Walter Brown from Wigan Ukulele Club who have helped me so much to put this CD together.

"I really hope I can use this CD to raise funds for the Hospice to support their invaluable work."Wigan poet releases first CD to support Hospice

Alan Baron, Chief Executive at the Hospice, said: "George is an incredibly inspiring man who has a profound talent for poetry and has used his talent in a very positive and therapeutic way. It just goes to show that we can all continue to learn new things, take up new hobbies and even sneak in to the limelight no matter what age we are.

"We are very grateful that George has decided to donate all the proceeds from his CD to the Hospice and it will certainly be put to good use, supporting patients and their families who are living with a life-limiting illness."

George Melling's poetry CD can be purchased for a minimum donation of £5 with all proceeds going to Wigan and Leigh Hospice.

The CD is available to buy from the Hospice on Kildare Street and can also be ordered by calling Julia Sixsmith at the Hospice on 01942 525566.

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