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Angela makes her album debut with Military Wives

By Gemma Constable

Angela and Mark Thomas with their son Rowan

Hundreds of voices are beautifully combined in the Military Wives’ latest album Stronger Together – and one of them belongs to Sheppey’s Angela Thomas.

The 31-year-old is from Minster, but now lives in Cornwall with her husband Mark, himself an Islander, who is based at the Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose.

Former Borden school pupil Mark, a naval officer, is the inspiration behind his wife’s singing debut.

Angela had only just joined her local choir, the CuldRoses, which is affiliated to the Military Wives Choirs Foundation, when she took part in the recording in the church on the base during the summer.

The mum of Rowan, who is 21 months old, said lots of practice and tears were involved, but that her experience in the choir, formed by Gareth Malone OBE, was unforgettable.

“I was completely emotional throughout the recording, but I felt so proud to be a part of the Military Wives Choir,” she said.

Angela sang alto, the lowest notes, and she features on the backing vocals of the title track Stronger Together, One Voice and Gary Barlow’s Jubilee anthem, Sing.

The ex-Highsted school pupil, who is expecting twins in March, said: “I was really disappointed that I couldn’t take part in the Stronger Together video in London because of morning sickness, but the recording itself was a really enjoyable day and I loved the experience.”

Angela showed an interest in music from an early age and used to sing in a group at St Peter’s Church, Halfway, as well as playing flute in the orchestra at the former Cheyne Middle School, where she and Mark were pupils.

She said: “Mark is really proud that I’m on the Stronger Together album and he bought me a copy of it when it was first available.

“My name is listed on the sleeve insert, along with every choir and individual who sang on the album.”

Angela has another fan, in her son Rowan.

She said: “When I first put the album on at home, Rowan really loved it and was dancing around the front room waving his arms around.

“The CD has now been put in the car and Rowan likes to listen to it as we are driving along.”

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