A PASSING idea by a teenage girl could now help draw thousands of visitors to the region next year, it is hoped.
Darcy Rae, who has just turned 16, casually suggested using a 20-year-old chart hit she had heard on the radio for the upcoming Visit Peak District and Derbyshire promotional video- only for tourist bosses to take up the idea.
Her mother Lindsay, who works for the tourist board, mentioned it to colleagues who not only snapped up the idea, but invited pupils at Bakewell’s Lady Manners School – where Darcy is a pupil – to play the music for the re-worked 1991 track “Get Here”.
Former X-Factor singer Chelsea Redfern, who is also from Derbyshire, performed the vocals.
The song, which was originally performed by Oleta Adams and reached number four in the charts, contains the lyrics “You can reach me by railway” and “You can reach me on an airplane” with the two-minute film depicting scenes from the Peak railways among other picturesque settings.
It will feature online at visitbritain.tv in January and can be accessed by web browsers in 100 countries
Darcy, who is from Bakewell, said: “We’d been driving home from one of Lady Manners concerts and the song was on the radio, and mum and I really liked it.
In my spare time I watch a lot of Youtube videos and I thought the song would be good to put on a video.
“For an idea that started off small to actually happen is really is amazing. I’ve watched the video and its been put together really well.
“I think it will attract people to the area.”
Lindsay added: “Everyone thought it was a good idea, they wanted someone local sing it and play the music, and it’s just amazing. It’s been done on a shoestring and goes to show what can be done if you are creative.”
Warner Brothers Music Inc and Brenda Russell gave permission to use the song for a nominal fee, and was played by young string, piano and bass guitar players from members of Lady Manners’ orchestra.
The video was recently premiered at Chatsworth House during a launch evening, where it was given a tremendous reception.
David Thornton, of Visit Peak District and Derbyshire said: “The words of Get Here are a perfect fit wit the fabulous film footage we have shot to spread the message about the superb variety of scenery, the range of activities and attractions the Peak District has to offer.
“But the words and images perfectly encapsulate the simple but effective message we will be trying to convey to prospective visitors during 2012 and beyond as part of our ongoing marketing work.”
The video can be viewed on www.visitpeakdistrict.com now, and www.get-here.tv