Doncaster woman who was once on The X Factor still loves singing in her old age

A Doncaster woman who was on The X Factor in 2009 still loves to sing despite developing dementia.

Monday, 22nd March 2021, 1:31 pm
Updated Monday, 22nd March 2021, 2:22 pm

Lorraine Wigfull from Conisbrough appeared on TV as part of singing duo Big Divas.

Back in 2009 she got all the way to bootcamp - at the time the judges were Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, Danni Minouge and Cheryl Cole.

Lorraine is currently aged 73 and a resident at Flower Park Care Home in Denaby Main.

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Lorraine with care home staff.

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Danielle Savage, deputy manager at the home, said: “She’s an absolute pleasure to look after.

“She loves music - anytime we play it she’s up and dancing.

“Always getting the other residents involved.”

Lorraine loves to sing.

Lorraine has been singing since she was 18, she was in a band called Pennys Profile.

She was also in a girl group called All women.

She went solo for a period of time in 2002 and because she had moved into a pub called 'White Swan', she then changed her stage name to 'Lorraine Swan'.

Shelley, Lorraine's daughter, said: “I could talk about my mum all day long, she’s an incredible woman, never lets anything get her down.

Lorraine takes every opportunity to dance and sing.

“She is a well loved woman in the community and in the music industry.

“She is loved and adored by so many people and we are so proud of her.''

Lorraine has been at the care home since March of 2020 and suffers with dementia but her love of music still shines through.

Danielle said: “She is always dancing around and never has a microphone out of her hand. “An absolute inspiration and is loved by all the staff at Flower Park.”

Staff recently recorded a video of Lorraine singing which gained 13,000 views online.

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