Collier Row friends to record Band Aid song to encourage fight against airstrikes in Syria

PUBLISHED: 15:00 12 December 2015

Teru Thynne, Jonathan Allard and Jei Michaelis sing for Syria

Teru Thynne, Jonathan Allard and Jei Michaelis sing for Syria


Determined to make their voices heard, a group of friends will be recording a cover of a classic Christmas hit to encourage others to oppose air strikes in Syria.

Jonathan Allard, 22, of Chelmsford Avenue, Collier Row, and about 10 of his closest friends are warming up their vocal chords .

The group will head into the recording studio on Sunday and sing a cover of Band Aid’s 1984 hit Do They Know It’s Christmas?

Jonathan said: “When I saw the news that we were going to bomb Syria, I was overcome by something as I felt so guilty that as a citizen of this country, I was part of this.

“I just want to do as much as we can to help and maybe we can make people realise that this is wrong and there must be other ways to stop what is going on in the world.”

The group will be filmed while singing in a recording studio in Bow to replicate the famous music video starring George Michael, Bono and Boy George.

Lyrics have been tweaked to fit the message with lines changed including – “there won’t be snow in Syria this Christmas time” and “where fear of war still grows, this ray of light will grow”.

Jonathan is aiming to reach his fundraising target of £400 to hire the studio. Any further donations will be given to Save the Children’s Syria crisis appeal.

He said: “It’s one of my personal favourite Christmas songs so we wanted to keep the video similar as well as the lyrics but still present our message.

“If we can at least give a little bit back to Syria, even if it is just £50, then at least we can say that we tried our hardest to do something.

“Going forward with airstrikes will do more harm than good and hopefully the song will help people to start seeing this.”

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