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Comic Relief raises money and smiles

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Well done to all the intrepid fund-raisers in Leicestershire who took part in Comic Relief yesterday, helping to bring in thousands of pounds for this hugely worthwhile cause. The many and varied events staged across the county are covered in our news pages and on our website today.

Among yesterday's events, staff at the Leicester Mercury were delighted to welcome Motown tribute group The Dreamettes, who were staging a Comic Relief gigathon playing 30 venues across Leicester. The group performed a three-song set in the editorial department, giving us a lunchtime more entertaining than most and one we will certainly remember.

They are talented singers. Have a look at the video on our website. Thanks to them and we wish them well for the future.

Comic Relief once again proved a tremendous success both here in Leicestershire and across the UK as a whole.

These events produce a weary sigh from some people but it should be remembered that they raise massive amounts of money for good causes that would struggle without this vital help.

And they are enthusiastically supported by many people up and down the country – as we have seen here in Leicestershire.

Comic Relief has once again brought people together in a good cause and it has raised a smile at the same time. Fantastic.

Good luck to Leicester City and the England rugby team today in what will be a nerve-wracking afternoon/early evening of sport.

City are away to local rivals Derby County in a match which is hugely important to their promotion prospects. Every point is vital as they battle to remain in a play-off position.

Meanwhile, the England rugby team – which includes several Leicester Tigers players – play Wales at the Millennium Stadium in a bid to win the Grand Slam for the first time in 10 years.

We can hardly watch. The teams can be assured that – amidst the chewed fingernails – we will be willing them on every step of the way.


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