Hatfield star hails success of vintage group The Rockabellas

PUBLISHED: 12:08 12 May 2013 | UPDATED: 12:08 12 May 2013

From left to right, Pippa Gearing, Lizzie Deane and Sarah Lindsey

From left to right, Pippa Gearing, Lizzie Deane and Sarah Lindsey

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A HATFIELD singer with a showbiz pedigree has been thrust into the limelight – as she helps take music fans back to the 1940s.

Pippa Gearing, of Park Close, Old Hatfield, is one of three members of The Rockabellas – an all-singing, all-dancing act who perform classic songs as well as give a vintage twist to some recent hits.

Now the trio are competing for a National Vintage Award.

Armed with red lips and fishnet tights the three piece have played a number of gigs worth boasting about.

One that stands in Pippa’s mind is working on The Ruth Jones Show.

“They said we got the job from the moment we walked in, but our song sealed the deal,” Pippa said.

The trio performed a piece about the presenter and were delighted to have got the gig.

They were on the show with Dawn French, Tim Minchin and Michael Sheen.

Pippa – daughter of John D. Collins, who was best known for playing Flt Lt Fairfax in sitcom ‘Allo ‘Allo – said: “All three of us flirted outrageously with Michael Sheen and I am not ashamed to admit that.

“And we all really fancy Tim after meeting him.”

Not only do they sing and dance there is also some slapstick comedy involved - typical of the 1940s theme they embrace.

One thing Pippa loves about the era they bring back to life is being able to love her figure.

The 33-year-old said: “It has really made me like being a curvy woman which was really sexy back in the 1940s.

“We get to put curls in our hair, and wear six inch heels, it makes us feel really fabulous and not like we have to be size six models.”

After studying music at university the mother-of-two sung on cruise ships and in log cabins in Lapland, with her husband, before joining The Rockabellas.

But after manager of the group, Sarah Lindsey, called and asked if she wanted to be part of the act she jumped at the chance and said “the rest is history.”

The manager had the idea after discovering she was distant relative of forces sweetheart, Vera Lynn, and they have been putting all their harmonies to a terrific use since 2009.

Even though the group are very much on the map, with past gigs including The Queen’s Jubilee Festival, in Hyde Park, Aintree’s Grand National and Battle Proms at Hatfield House, Pippa thinks winning would be a great accolade. She said: “It would be wonderful, having it behind us would be great.”

The awards, which will be held in Birmingham on June 27, celebrate small, independent businesses that keep the UK’s increasingly popular vintage scene alive.

To vote for The Rockabellas visit www.thenationalvintageawards.co.uk before May 31.


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