Missing People Choir dad admits Britain’s Got Talent is his ‘ultimate chance’ to speak about his lost son

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Missing People Choir dad admits Britain’s Got Talent is his ‘ultimate chance’ to speak about his lost son Peter Boxell son’s mysterious disappearance inspired him to write the song I Miss You to help raise awareness Share Comments By Mark Jefferies Kyle O’Sullivan 10:02, 17 APR 2017 Updated 11:23, 17 APR 2017 TV BGT ‘Doga’ expert admits judges’ appearance on st Four-year-old learns to walk again after foot and 0:47 Things will get “quite dark” for Vanessa as she b 0:32 Great-grandad becomes oldest person to ride a rol 0:26 GMB: Ricky Wilson reveals he left The Voice becau 0:37 GMB: Young viewers delighted at appearance of Pep 0:44 WWII veteran Patricia Davies opens up about becom 0:28 Victoria Beckham joins James Corden on Carpool Ka 0:43 GMB: David Davis claims Theresa May takes securit 0:33 The first Doctor Who returns… 0:53 Lee Mack takes a dig at Dermot O’Leary on The Nig 1:03 Kate Upton becomes Britney Spears for Lip Sync Ba 0:15 BBC’S MY FAMILY SEEMS A LONG TIME AGO NOW 0:38 Doctor Who Episode 2 preview clip – Smile 0:37 Loose Women reveal their ‘Most Shocking Moments’ 0:40 Jeremy Kyle viewers furious as host announces hig 0:28 Video will play in Dad explains why choir have joined BGT auditions Share Comments Get celebs A father in the Missing People Choir has admitted that Britain’s Got Talent is his “ultimate chance” to speak about his lost son.
Peter Boxell has lived with the agony of not knowing what happened to his football-mad son Lee, who vanished without a trace aged 15.
Britain’s Got Talent viewers got a taste of his pain in Saturday’s tear-jerking audition , when his song I Miss You was performed for the judges with images of the group’s long lost relatives appearing on the big screen behind them.
Peter, 70, has not seen Lee since September 1988, when he disappeared in Sutton, South London, after a football match.
Read More BGT viewers think they’ve got DNA mind-readers sussed (but we’re not so sure…) Peter spoke about the ‘ultimate chance’ to speak about his missing son (Photo: ITV) He wrote the lyrics to the song I Miss You (Photo: Splash News) Lee Boxell disappeared from south London in 1988 (Photo: PA) Opening up on Good Morning Britain, he said: “Yes I wrote some lyrics and they’re really heartfelt.
“They tell how I feel about my dear son who has been missing since 1988 when he was only 15.
“I enjoy singing those because it gives me the opportunity to express my feelings and my emotions.
(Photo: ITV) Choir of the Missing on the Britain’s Got Talent stage (Photo: ITV) “Since we’ve started singing I no longer have to bottle up my emotions. I can let them free and I feel so good about it.
“I get that message out to the country, to everybody who can hear it.
“That song being performed on Britain’s Got Talent is really the ultimate chance to get my message out about my son and also raise awareness for the charity.”
Sarah’s son Quentin went missing 25 years ago (Photo: ITV) The Missing People Choir members appeared on Good Morning Britain (Photo: ITV) Sarah Godwin, whose son Quentin went missing from his family home in West Auckland, New Zealand, 25 years ago, spoke about the “warmth from the public” they had received as she discussed their daily struggles.
She said: “It’s such a cathartic, not just because of the singing, but because of being together and coming together as a group.
“If you’re with friends or meeting people for the first time and they ask about your family and I say my son is a missing person, it’s like a big curtain coming down and they don’t know what to say.”
Read More Simon Cowell reckons he could have already found this year’s Britain’s Got Talent champion Sarah and Peter are raising awareness for the charity (Photo: ITV) The families are hoping that the exposure will help them find new leads into the disappearances of their loved ones and many others.
“It makes me feel really good to sing about my son and get our message across to the viewers,” added Peter.
“It’s been really hard work but it will be wonderful if just one missing person is found as a result of this.”
Claudia Lawrence vanished from York and her father is a member of the choir (Photo: PA) The choir performs the song I Miss You with lyrics written by Peter which includes the lines: “I never thought I’d be without you.
“I always thought you’d be here safe with me. Maybe tomorrow I’ll wake up to find you.”
Other members of the choir included Peter Lawrence, whose daughter Claudia , 35, was reported missing on March 19, 2009, after failing to turn up for work as a chef in York.
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He mysteriously vanished from a London hotel on February 1, 1995, on the eve of the band’s US tour.
The choir’s director James Hawkins said: “Britain’s Got Talent has enabled the choir to realise its true destiny and purpose.
Through singing together on the programme, we are able to reach further than ever before in the search for the families’ missing loved ones. There are few greater platforms than this and it has given us hope.”
Charles went missing when he was backpacking in Canada in 1989 Sandra Hall went missing for a month before she was found dead Peter Lawrence Daughter Claudia Lawrence, 35, disappeared in March 2009 on her way to work as a chef at York University.
He says: “To get a big audience like this is such a fabulous opportunity to get our message across.”
Rachel Edwards Brother Richey Edwards, 27, of Manic Street Preachers, vanished from a London hotel in 1995.
She says: “It was a privilege to sing. It was a visible and powerful sign to highlight and remember those who are missing.”
Denise Horvath-Allan Son Charles went missing while backpacking in Canada in 1989, aged 20.
She says: “I joined the choir to be a voice to be heard for the missing and keep up awareness of our missing loved ones, who need to be found.”
Peter Boxell Son Lee went missing from South London in 1988, aged 15.
He says: “The choir is an opportunity to meet others who have missing loved ones. Singing gives me the opportunity to openly express my emotions about Lee.”
Emma Cullingford Daughter of Sandra Hall, 57, who was missing for a month in 2013 before being found dead in West Sussex.
She says: “We’re all really supportive and protective of one another and it feels like one big family now.”
*Britain’s Got Talent continues on ITV1 on Saturday at 8pm
*To support the charity Missing People, text FIND to 70660 to donate £5 to the Find Every Child Appeal. Go to missingpeople.org.uk for T&Cs.
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