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Royalist toasts England in song

Valerie Dawson has written and recorded a song about the Queen for the Diamond Jubilee.
Valerie Dawson has written and recorded a song about the Queen for the Diamond Jubilee. Claudia Baxter

MANY Ipswich royalists will continue to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee with parties and lunches today, but Valerie Dawson chose to mark the occasion by penning a song.

The Blackstone woman, aged in her 70s, has chosen the Queen and London as the subjects of her latest song.

"I wrote Come to London With Me about the Olympics and the Jubilee," Ms Dawson said.

"I like to watch the Olympics, and the Jubilee is another big event; 60 years is an amazing achievement."

Ms Dawson said she wasn't a staunch royalist, but she did support the Queen.

"I love the Queen, she's a marvellous woman and a strong woman who took the throne after her father died tragically and I think she's done a great job."

She agreed that her performance costume - a blue dress suit, pearls, gloves and tiara - improved her already noticeable resemblance to the monarch.

"She wears a lot of the single colour suits, she's always dressed well," Mrs Dawson said.

She said composing songs kept her active.

"I have a sick husband and I do this for a hobby when I'm not caring for him," Mrs Dawson said.

"I'll think of an idea, usually about a current event, and I'll write it down.

"I'm writing for historical purposes, songs for the future that people listen back to.

"I don't play an instrument as such, but I muck around on the keyboard to come up with the music."

Mrs Dawson said her songwriting hobby started in 1983.

"I was in choirs most of my life, but since 1983 I've been writing and recording songs," she said.

Royal supporters can enjoy Mrs Dawson's songs at the weekly Golden Years concert, held every Friday at the Humanities Building next to the Ipswich Library.

Mrs Dawson has also auditioned for this year's Senior Showcase, and hopes to achieve recognition similar to the television coverage she received before the Sydney Olympics.

"I was on The Dream, it was Channel Seven's special Olympics program and I got to go to the Brisbane studios and perform," Mrs Dawson said.

 

'Come to London with me'

Come on, come with me to London city, the city where we'll see it all.

It's Jubilee Year in London city, come with me so we can have a ball.

To the Games we'll go, where there'll be the best athletes from around the world put to the test.

So just come with me and we'll see all the rest.

Trafalgar Square decorated in finest array, Palace, Tower Bridge, Big Ben, we'll see in a day.

Down the Thames we will take a ride on a barge, and if we're in luck we might see the Changing of the Guard.

It's Jubilee Year in London city, the city where we'll see it all.

It's Jubilee Year in London city, come with me so we can have a ball.

Come on with me, please don't let me down, so together we can see the Games, the Games of London town.

Then we'll take in London's every sight and sound.

Topics:  diamond jubilee, england, entertainment, ipswich, music, queen elizabeth ii, royal




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