Musicians inspired by 'bucket list' teenager Alice Pyne

The Westmorland Gazette: Simon Streek and Ian Harrison, who recorded Angel Wings as The Simians Simon Streek and Ian Harrison, who recorded Angel Wings as The Simians

TWO amateur musicians have released a song inspired by the story of ‘bucket list’ teen Alice Pyne.

Proceeds raised from the track will go to Alice’s Escapes – the charity started by the Ulverston schoolgirl before she died from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, aged 17.

Following the news of Alice’s death in January, Guernsey man Simon Streek wrote a poem about her inspirational ‘bucket list’ blog.

The list named 17 things Alice wanted to achieve in her final days. It went viral and gained her famous fans including Robbie Williams and Carol Vorderman.

Simon’s friend and former bandmate Ian Harrison then put the words to music, and the result, Angel Wings by The Simians, is now available to download on iTunes and Amazon.

“I was inspired by the way Alice fought bravely against her illness and how she captured everyone’s hearts with her spirit and fun,” said Simon.

“Alice was such a special person that I thought she should have a song written about her.

“The song goes through Alice’s list from the fun aspects like meeting Take That and swimming with sharks to the poignant things that we take for granted every day, like meeting with friends.”

The artwork for the song depicts Alice’s pet Labrador Mabel, which her mother Vicky Pyne said was ‘simply beautiful’.

Mrs Pyne said: “I had never heard of the Simians until Simon contacted me about the song, but listening to them, it became obvious that Alice’s story had really impacted on them.

“They don’t have any particular connection to our family or the charity, and to do this off their own back shows their generous nature.

“The lyrics in the song tell the story of Alice's bucket list wishes; her desperation to fight on and her desire to help others.

“Alice may not have made her 18th birthday but she achieved more in her years, than most do in a full lifetime.

“The charity is very grateful for their support and on a personal level, we will treasure it.”

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