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Rockers' Titors Insignia music video inspired by war hero Andy Reid
HERO Andy Reid is the inspiration behind a new rock single and makes a cameo appearance with his family in the music video.
The wounded war veteran, who lost three limbs in Afghanistan, has enthralled and uplifted people with his countless acts of bravery and determination, including St Helens band Titors Insignia.
The rockers will be launching their new single Freedom Fighter on Thursday, August 22 at the Cinema Bar on Duke Street, which is owned by Andy.
The former corporal with the 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, features briefly in the video with wife Claire and baby William.
The single has St Helens running through its veins, from the band, to Andy and Tina Culshaw, who produced the artwork for the single.
Titors Insignia’s manager Angelica Fenney explained: “The brother of drummer Stephen Swift is in the army. Lead singer Stu Ogden actually wrote the song six years ago, but it was only when they read about Andy Reid in the Star that they said they would like to work with him in some way.
“Then it started to come together.”
They band decided to release the single to raise money for ABF The Soldiers Charity of which Andy Reid is an ambassador.
Stuart Ogden said: “Andy actually went to our school, Broadway Community High, but he was a few years older than us.
“After reading about Andy in the Star, then the murder of the soldier Lee Rigby, and the fact that Ste’s brother Davis in the army, we decided to do something.”
Stuart said that the song explores several themes, from slavery to war, the past and the future.
The reluctant star of the show Andy Reid said: “I spoke to Angelica some time ago who told me about it and I thought is sounded fantastic.
“These days you have to think about different ways to raise money for charity and by buying their CD, you are. It’s great and it’s a St Helens band.
“They will be playing an acoustic set on the night then we will project the video on the wall.
“Although me Claire and the baby just appear in the background, it was a great way to help the guys out.”
If you’d like to attend the launch visit the band’s Facebook page at facebook.com/TiTORS.iNSiGNiA.
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