Chorley X Factor finalist and Army veteran, Jonjo Kerr has taken part in a new recording of the hit marching song ‘Pack Up Your Troubles’ for the national military charity SSAFA.
The updated version has been made to mark the commemoration of the centenary of World War One and has the support of the song's composer’s grandson and the Military Wives Choirs.
Jonjo, 30, who served for five years as an infantry soldier in the Yorkshire Regiment, is now appearing in the video along with a cast of TV celebrities, veterans, serving personnel and young cadets.
The charity hopes the video will work its way into the hearts and minds of the public in the same way it did during World War One.
SSAFA, which was the only national military charity in existence when war was declared in 1914, has been able to record the song thanks to the blessing of Aubrey Powell, the original composer’s grandson.
Aubrey also stars in the film, alongside those who have benefited from SSAFA’s support, as well as the Gurkhas and a host of famous faces, including Alan Titchmarsh and vocal group Blake.
Jonjo, said: “Being involved in the video was great fun and a real honour but it is important that we remember that the troops involved in WWI and their families suffered terribly during the conflict.
What’s even more important is that then, as now, SSAFA did a lot to help.”
The composer’s grandson Aubrey Powell said: “I was delighted to help give SSAFA the opportunity to create a new recording of the song.
“Pack Up Your Troubles became one of the defining songs of the 20th Century and it’s great to be part of its resurgence 100 years on.
Watch SSAFA’s Pack Up Your Troubles video here: www.ssafa.org.uk/smile.