A moment of inspiration led to a special record in aid of a Morpeth care home.
Roger Dickey was playing his guitar at home when something clicked in his brain and he had some lyrics to mould into a song.
He continued on this path and when he had a range of smooth-style numbers, he decided that it would be fun to put together a CD. With support from a local musician, the record was produced.
Whilst this was happening, Mr Dickey thought it would be a good idea to give the proceeds to Northlands in Kings Avenue where his mother, Minnie, is a resident.
More than 80 copies of the CD, called Across the Track, were sold and he recently handed over a cheque for £450 to the care home.
He said: “I like to relax at home by strumming a few chords on the guitar and playing some notes on the piano.
“With more time to myself after retiring from work, one day some thoughts came into my head and I wrote them on a bit of paper. I then played some chords to find the right tune and from there, I put together a complete song.
“I enjoyed this process so I did some more and a couple of months later, I had about a dozen.
“The next stage was putting together a CD and I found an excellent musician to help record and produce the album. I’m no Paul McCartney, it was just an opportunity to do something I’d never thought about doing in the past.
“As Northlands does a lot of fund-raising and runs various things for its residents, I then decided to give it the proceeds.
“I sing on all the tracks and I would describe the album as easy listening. It had good word of mouth and I’m pleased with how many copies were sold.”
Part of the money has been used to buy a new garden seat for the home and it will also be spent on a range of activities, visiting entertainers and supplies.
Manager at Northlands, Linda Pritchard, said: “I didn’t realise at first that Roger was going to give us all the proceeds from the CD – we’re very grateful for his efforts.”