Residents sing together supporting their communities

One Sovereign resident has turned his talent into a weekly sing-along with his neighbours, showing support for the NHS and other key workers who are working around the clock to keep our communities safe.

From singing dentists to singing van drivers, Basingstoke communities are joining others from around the UK who are turning out at 8pm every Thursday evening in support of the nations’ key workers.

Steve Conway was first asked by his neighbour if he’d sing a song for the NHS on 16 April after learning that he used to be a semi-professional artist.

We caught up with Steve, a Sovereign resident of 22 years, to find out more.

Steve said: “I had been singing semi-professionally for around six years as well as the occasional stint as a film extra and agency driving.

“Last year I decided I needed the financial security of fulltime employment and began working as a delivery driver – but I still love singing.”

He said: “At a time when a lot of people are worried about bills and money it’s nice to be able to do something to cheer everyone up and bring everyone together as we show our appreciation and #clapforcarers.

“So long as I can finish my shift in time and get home by 8pm I will carry on singing.”

Steve’s neighbour of five years Mick Gilluley, also a Sovereign resident, said: “I had an inkling that Steve sang by the equipment I’ve seen him going in and out with, but it was only recently when my wife shared a post from his Facebook page that I realised to what extent.

“I sent Steve a friend request and suggested he might like to go out on the balcony and sing for residents, and there you are! “

Mick is a black cab driver and he’s been keeping himself busy by volunteering to do foodbank deliveries for the Spotlight Centre.

He added: “A lot of us round here work and we’re a bit like ships that sail in the night, we often don’t see each other from one day to the next, but this has brought all the residents out – it’s been great.”

Steve lives with his wife Anita of 28 years in their flat in Anstey Close. They have two older children, Charlene and Joe.

Among Steve’s celebrity clientele are Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham and Southampton football clubs as well as performing at events for Julian Fellowes and the Althorpe estate.

His play list includes cover numbers by Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Blues and Jive.

While social distancing is being adhered to, Steve hopes to be home by 8pm every Thursday to bring some cheer to Anstey Close in support of the nations’ keyworkers.