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Entertainment Scots stars join together to record new song to help thanks NHS staff

07:40  04 july  2020
07:40  04 july  2020 Source:   msn.com

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John Barrowman posing for the camera: John Barrowman joins nearly 30 fellow West End performers © DAILY RECORD John Barrowman joins nearly 30 fellow West End performers

Stars of stage and screen, including John Barrowman, Elaine C Smith and Alex Norton, have come together to thank the NHS.

The well-kent faces and nearly 30 West End performers recorded a rendition of Beautiful City from the musical Godspell, interspersed with messages for the health service and key workers across the UK.

a close up of a girl: Elaine C Smith helped record a spirit-lifting rendition of Beautiful City from Stephen Schwartz’s musical Godspell © DAILY RECORD Elaine C Smith helped record a spirit-lifting rendition of Beautiful City from Stephen Schwartz’s musical Godspell

Taggart actor Alex, 70, says: “I grew up in the Gorbals district of Glasgow and the reason I didn’t grow up with rickets, polio, diphtheria or TB was because of the work of the NHS, which was formed just two years before I was born.

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He wrote: "Dear NHS workers, Thank you for all of your hard work and for looking after poorly people. I think you are brave for helping us and other people with the virus. Some people have been raising money for the NHS and its staff , while others have been collecting donations of another kind!

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“They did wonderful work then and they are doing wonderful work now.”

Speaking about his involvement in the video, Alex told us: “It’s more important than ever that we protect our NHS. Stand up for the greatest monument to civilisation and humanity the world has ever known.”

The video begins with Doctor Who and stage star John. Before starting the song, he says of the NHS workers: “You are the superheroes. You are our strength. You are the backbone of our nation and we love you dearly for that.”

Britain’s Got Talent winner Jai McDowall, Keith Jack of BBC talent hunt Any Dream Will Do and Outlander star Steven Cree all sing parts from the song while Jordan Young from River City and Scot Squad joins Elaine to offer thanks.

Alex Norton wearing a hat and glasses: Alex Norton is also on the video produced by Scots in the City. © DAILY RECORD Alex Norton is also on the video produced by Scots in the City.

The video was shot as the pandemic seriously threatens the livelihoods of theatre workers with fears that some theatres will be unable to open again.

It was the idea of Kieran Brown, from Falkirk, a West End performer and co-founder of Scots in the City, a cabaret evening in London celebrating the best of Scots in musical theatre.

The video, made to celebrate the 72nd anniversary of the NHS tomorrow, ends with Still Game’s Gavin Mitchell, who said: “You are the people who need to be celebrated. It is beyond comprehension what you do for us and we will be eternally grateful.”

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