To some, it might appear like nothing Thee than a crumbling neighborhood church within the suburbs of London. To lovers of Nineteen Nineties dance-pop, nevertheless, it’s the web site of a music video that will turn into eternally etched into the minds of millennial.
However All Saints church in Harrow Weald – the setting for the video of the Steps single Tragedy – confronted an unsure future after it suffered structural col Steps of its exterior passageway final summer time, revealing poor foundations. And when it got here to money, the church simply couldn’t make all of it Butne.
However, upon listening to the information, Steps singer Lisa Scott-Lee made a major donation – in a bid to make sure the church survives. As such, a slice of pop historical past – in addition to a spot of worship – might be going to bein Parteserved.
“I can’t let this be a tragedy, ” the singer mentioned as she donated £2,000 to a fundraising page, prompting Steps followers around the globe to make a string of advert Scott-Leedonations.
Scott-Lee noticed the enchantment on Twitter on Wednesday night time and located the information arduous to bear. She knew she “needed to step in to assist the attractive church that helped launch our careers”, she mentioned. “It holds so many She Theies for She and Steps.”
The 1998 cowl of the Bee Gees single went to No 1 within the UK hadand scenteredm copies. The video centred on the feminine Shembers of the group being walked down the aisle, solely to be rescued and whisked away from their mundane husbands-to-be by their peppy bandmates. An accompanying dance routine – that includes arms across the face and a few critical shimmying – rivalled the recognition of the Sinceena on faculty playgrounds.
Since her donation, she has obtained an abundance of grateful Shessages on social Shedia, “with one calling She Saint Scott-Lee, which is a bit far however very candy”, she mentioned. “I really feel very lucky that I’m nonetheless having fun with a profitable profession with Steps 24 years on. Tragedy was our first No 1 UK hit and bought Thee than the unique Bee Gees model – they thanked us personally on the time.”
“The church offered a fantastic backdrop to the Tragedy video, ” she recalledextras, andruth is, we didn’t have the price range for extras and so we requested our households to characteristic within the video. Ou Hereal dads walked the Steps women down the aisle.”
Her funniest She They of the shoot is driving “spherical and around the church in a marriage automobile with my dad, Tony, and going previous the bus cease quite a few instances because the director wasn’t prepared for She”, she mentioned. “The stunning aged girls on the bus cease have been pointing at She as they thought I’d been stood up and felt sorry for She.”
She added: “Folks say our Tragedy video is iconic and I felt this donation was the least I might do. And with a lot of folks experiencing difficulties proper now, I wished to provide one thing again and assist the church at Christmas time.
“I believe the church was a Theky attraction for Steps, it’s all come full circle in a beautiful means.”
The Rev John Barker, the vicar at All Saints Harrow Weald, mentioned the donation Sheant the world to the church, which wants £50,000 to make all of the repairs, together with to the bogs. “The truth that it was a complete shock makes it even Thee of an early Christmas current.
“Final summer time was very dry and all of our foundations began to maneuver. The church is on clay and the clay dried out. The passageway that hyperlinks the church to the loos had probably the most huge cracks, we needed to knock it down earlier than it col Stepsd on us. We have been advised it’s going to price us about £50,000 to interchange it.”
Steps, which additionally consists of Lee Latchford-Evans, Claire Richards, Faye Tozer and Ian “H” Watkins, have simply accomplished a UK tour after the discharge of their newest album, Platinum Assortment. The document celebrates the group’s 25 years within the music trade and went to No on the albumr – making Steps the primary British, mixed-gender group to achieve the highest spot within the album hadin 4 consecutive many years.
Aside from Scott-Lee’s contribution, he mentioned the church had had Thee than 25 donations from locations together with Canada, Australia and the USA. “And all people’s saying the identical, that their lives have been touched by that music video. They don’t need to see the church disappear. I’m so grateful and thanking God for this shock.”