Star of Britain’s Got Talent Faryl Smith will lead walkers as they sing You’ll Never Walk Alone at the start of the Crazy Hats walk.
The Kettering singer is looking forward to performing the anthem which has become a poignant part of the annual sponsored walk at Wicksteed Park.
She will lead walkers dressed in pink and wearing hats of all shapes and sizes before they set off on the five-mile fundraiser on Sunday, March 23.
Faryl, who found fame on the ITV talent show in 2008, said: “Glennis has been in touch with me a couple of times to see if I could sing at some of the events she has organised but unfortunately I have always been busy.
“She emailed me the other day and asked about the Crazy Hats walk and fortunately I am free this time.
“It’s an honour to be asked to perform at an event like this. It’s definitely something I will remember.”
While the song, commonly associated with Liverpool Football Club, is sung at a time of reflection before the walk gets under way, it will be particularly poignant this year as Mamie Hooper, mother of Crazy Hats founder Glennis Hooper, will not be there.
Mamie was a familiar sight at the start of the walk as she cut the ribbon and set walkers off on their way, but this will be the first year without her.
Faryl, who sang at Mamie’s funeral, said: “Because Glennis’ mum used to cut the ribbon, not having her there will be emotional but hopefully when I sing it will make people smile.”
Miss Hooper of Wellingborough said: “We are absolutely thrilled Faryl has agreed to come and lead us in our start to the walk, singing You’ll Never Walk Alone.
“I know she will do us proud and it will be very moving.”
Miss Hooper is hoping this year’s walk will be the Glorious 12th with better weather than last year and record numbers of participants.
They are hoping to smash the 3,000 target and raise thousands of pounds to improve breast cancer care at Kettering and Northampton general hospitals.
Record numbers wanted for walk
If you want to take part in the walk call 01933 442999 or visit www.crazyhatsbreastcancerappeal.co.uk.
Entry fees are £7 for over-16s and £5 for under-16s, which includes a T-shirt, medal, goody bag and certificate.
The closing date for entries is Monday, March 17, but late entries will be accepted on the day in the park’s Celebration Suite.