Drifters Singer Ray Lewis Wows West Riding Residents With Special Car Park Concert
Big-hearted Drifters singer Ray Lewis gave the Residents of West Riding Care Home an unforgettable musical treat this April - by staging a concert in their car park.
Home Manager Laura Lambert was stunned when Lewis, who shot to fame in the 1970s as part of the acclaimed R&B group, got in touch to ask if he could perform at the Home.
The concert, which took place on Friday 24th April, was held in the car park outside West Ridings, where Residents and Colleagues were able to enjoy the show while observing social distancing guidelines.
Ray performed some of The Drifters' best-loved classics including ‘Saturday Night At The Movies’, ‘Under The Boardwalk’, ‘Like Sister And Brother’ and ‘You're More Than A Number In My Little Red Book’.
Everyone had a wonderful time singing along with Ray in the sun, and Laura said that she and her Colleagues were thrilled by the talented frontman's gesture.
Laura said: "When Ray contacted us, we just couldn't believe it – it was an incredibly kind offer and we were delighted that we could make it happen safely.
"We made all the Residents special 'Admit One' tickets for the concert and they were all thrilled to attend. We sang along and some Residents even asked for help to get up and dance too.
"Ray hadn't planned to sing 'Like Sister And Brother', and so when he did, he got very emotional and told the Residents he loved them. It was an incredibly special moment for us all."
Although Ray continues to play to crowds across the world in The Drifters, he's based in Wakefield and wanted to give something back to his local community.
The concert was screened on West Ridings' Facebook Page and delighted Relatives were able to watch their loved ones enjoying Ray's set.
Laura said: "We had people saying they couldn't wait to get a glimpse of their mums, dads or grandparents enjoying the show.
"This was a brilliant way for us to boost the Residents' emotional wellbeing - we can never thank Ray enough for coming to play for us."