Songwriter hopes UK takes note...

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TOP names from BBC Radio 2 are turning on and tuning in to a musical funeral director from Levenmouth.

Neil Brunton has reached the final stages of a national songwriting competition called Oldie Composers, on behalf of the charity Barnardo’s.

His self-penned melody ‘Jacob Street’ secured enough on-line votes to make the final 21 - which will be judged on January 30 by Sir Terry Wogan, Ken Bruce, Johnnie Walker, Bob Harris and Radio 2 music producer Malcolm Prince.

The leading four will then be recorded professionally in London and released on i-Tunes for Barnardo’s.

Neil (43) was surprised and delighted with his success to date - and overwhelmed by the number of votes he received, thanks in part to a previous story in the Mail.

“I have been amazed at the number of people who have come up to me in the last couple of weeks to say they read the piece in the paper and had voted for me,” he said.

“Everyone has been fantastic - family and friends have gone above and beyond the call of duty, to not only vote for the song but to get others to vote.

“I’ve had votes from all over the world - Australia, Canada, the US. It has been fantastic.”

Neil, of Anderson Funeral Directors in Methil, added: “As for reaching the last four, it would be a dream come true to record my song in a top studio with professional musicians.

“But the standard of the other songs is very high and they are from a lot of different genres, like musicals and comedy songs, so it’s hard to tell what the judges will be looking for.

“Just the thought that someone like ‘Whispering’’ Bob Harris is sitting down to listen to one of my songs is pretty special, though.”

Neil said he’d continue writing songs as a hobby and if other competitions arose, he’d certainly consider entering.

“But with a young family and work commitments, it is difficult time-wise, so I’m not planning any world tours just yet,” he added.