Morgan set for his carol night

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BRAVE Morgan Sharpe may be little but he has a big voice and he’s hoping to prove it when he belts out his favourite song at a Christmas concert tomorrow night.

The six-year-old, who has Goldenhar Syndrome, which affects just 75 children in the UK, will take centre stage in front of scores of people at the annual SALOS Festival of Christmas at Bath Road Methodist Church and sing ‘Away in a Manger’.

A missing ear, a missing eye for which he has a prosthetic replacement, and a tracheotomy - a permanent incision in his windpipe to keep it open - have not stopped Morgan being a keen singer and serenading mum Kerry Holmes with the famous tune all year long.

“He’s so excited,” the 28-year-old said.

“He’s always loved singing and ‘Away in a Manger’ is his favourite - ever since they said he could sing after last year’s event he has been practicing. We even had him singing it in summer.

“He sounds really good - the tracheotomy is closed off so he can sing and speak just fine. He’s such a good boy, he never moans and just gets on with everything.”

Morgan, who attends Westlea Primary School, had a warm up with the SALOS on Tuesday night and managed to beat his nerves to give a moving performance.

His grandad Alan Holmes, who runs Holmes Music, said: “There won’t be a dry eye in the house.

“Even the choir were struggling on Tuesday night when he was singing. Morgan will open the second half. The evening of Christmas Carols performed by Swindon musicians is raising money for two local charities, Goldenhar Family Support Group (UK) and STEP (Swindon Ten to Eighteens Project).

Tickets are available from Holmes Music in Faringdon Road or on the door at a cost of £5 and the performance starts at 7.30pm.

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