GLASGOW’S Buchanan Street played host to a pop-up stage today in support of Stand Up To Cancer.
And crowds were wowed as a worker from a nearby shop popped out and showed off her incredible vocals.
Maria Lawlor, who works at Kiehl’s, was given the microphone by host Des Clarke and delivered a fantastic rendition of Etta James’ At Last.
After receiving a warm round of applause, Maria said she has been singing since the age of 11 and is looking to release music under her stage name Maria Marciano.
“Remember where you saw her first, on a freezing October morning in Glasgow… we’ve maybe uncovered a star,” Des told the crowd.
Throughout the day, the ScottishPower Stand Up Stage encouraged seasoned comics and budding talent alike to entertain Glasgow with their best jokes.
Des invited Glaswegians from across the city to take to the stage, challenging them to make Glasgow laugh or simply share who they were standing up for in the fight against cancer.
Stories, and in Maria’s case songs, were also welcomed as the city’s talents were celebrated all in aid of a good cause.
The stand-up comedy pop-up comes ahead of the ScottishPower Stand Up To Cancer Fundraising Dinner which is being hosted by Des in Glasgow this evening.
Top comedy professionals including Karen Hobbs, Janey Godley and Larry Dean will be entertaining guests at an event that aims to raise a few laughs and, more importantly, vital funds for Stand Up To Cancer.
Des said: “From the minute we kicked off this morning, I’ve been in fits of laughter. The people of Glasgow really do have a unique sense of humour and it’s been amazing to see so many people, of all ages, take to the stage and put a smile of the faces of passers-by.”
ScottishPower is an Official Partner of Stand Up To Cancer and has a longstanding partnership with Cancer Research UK, raising over £18 million through a raft of initiatives and fundraising activities.
Mark Bowen, ScottishPower’s UK Marketing Director, said: “Supporting the amazing work of Stand Up To Cancer is incredibly important to us and we’re honoured to be an Official Partner.
“After a non-stop day of laughter on Buchanan Street, I’m looking forward to an evening of entertainment and the chance to raise as much money as we can to fund game-changing research.”
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