PEOPLE across the Tyne Valley are being invited to unite for one big singalong later this month.

To coincide with a national initiative, Tynedale Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) is planning to get local people together in one place to sing the same song in support of those living with dementia.

At 11am on Thursday, September 26, BBC Music Day is aiming to get as many people singing the same song across the country.

The project has struck a chord with DAA, which was asking groups and organisations in Tynedale if they would be interested in joining them in singing The Beatles’ Hey Jude at a yet to be confirmed venue in Hexham.

It is hoped that people will meet at 10.30am to sing a few well-known songs popular with the Alzheimer Society’s Hexham Singing for the Brain group in the build-up to the event.

As an addition to Hey Jude, DAA would like to follow up with I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing as a way of spreading an uplifting message of unity, hope, love and support, said Adele Kinsella, of the alliance.

Tynedale Dementia Action Alliance also plans to write to local schools asking them to sing from their classrooms, or at a venue of their choice, at the same time.

The date has been chosen as September is World Alzheimer’s Month, and World Alzheimer’s Day is on September 21 each year.