A YOUNG singer raised the roof at York Barbican as she joined older musicians on stage at the annual Festival of Remembrance.

Isabella Robey, 11, from Selby, who has only just started at Selby High, sang alongside her father, renowned rock folk singer Will Robey, who played guitar.

Festival producer Sandie Dunleavy said she gave an assured performance, singing two country songs, and won prolonged applause.

Sandie said she was keen to include younger artists alongside the festival’s seasoned singers and the festival also featured a local opera tenor, Jake Walsh.

The event also included newsreel footage of war on a big screen, put together by film editor and veteran Adam Barlow and focussing on The Battle of Passchendale in 1917, the Second Battle of El Alamein, which finished on November 5, 1942, and The Falklands War.

Haxby-based music masters David and Diane Beale accompanied the films with music, and the event also featured the Band of the Yorkshire Regiment, singer Jessa Liversidge, barbershop group The Daytones, and a parade of standards.

Hundreds attended and thousands of pounds were raised for the Poppy Appeal, although the final total has not yet been calculated.