Ex-Rugby Star Pens Song About Leader
An ex-rugby star has recorded a song about the Trinity’s Sailing Foundation’s oldest and largest vessel — Leader.
Samuel “Sammy” Lloyd — who played for Hull during the 1970s and 1980s — is good friends with ex-Royal Marine Jonathan Thomson, a patron of veterans charity 65 Degrees North, who sails on the 1892-built vessel with ex-members of the armed forces.
Mr Thomson said: “He put the words together in about 30 minutes and put the chords together in about an hour. Sammy and I did a lot of work together and he started writing songs for my adventures, the best probably being One More Hill about the challenges of cycling big hills with mental health issues.”
Although historically Trinity has worked with disadvantaged young people, in recent years the organisation has expanded its sail training programme to help ex-members of our armed forces, achieving similar results by following core principles. This has helped retired men and women – from all regiments and services – with a range of needs regain their confidence and overcome both physical and mental barriers to help make the adjustment back to civilian life.
65 Degrees North completed their first voyage in 2018 and they will be back on board — with a new crew of marines — next month. You can listen to the song below…