Beverley Craven On The Forces' Favourite Song Of The 90s

'It made me feel all warm and fuzzy but also made me cry'

A special interview with singer-songwriter Beverley Craven, filmed by BBC One for the ‘The One Show’, will air on Forces Radio BFBS this weekend.

Hear it on Saturday online and overseas on BFBS Radio 2 between 0900 and 1100 UK time and in Forces Life on BFBS, 1300-1500 UK time on Sunday.

The radio interview tells the poignant story of the huge role the UK Armed Forces, their families and BFBS played in the success of Beverley’s 90s ballad, ‘Promise Me’.

Released around the time Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in August 1990, the song became a firm favourite with loved ones of serving men and women deployed to Iraq during the Gulf War.

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Ernie Rowe chats with Beverley Craven in BFBS studios

Ernie Rowe, Head of BFBS Radio UK, and a former BFBS presenter shares with Beverley her own personal memories of the song. 

Ernie was, at the time, married to a soldier who deployed to Iraq.  She explains the popularity of ‘Promise Me’ with those separated from their partners and family members by war.

We also hear from Margaret, a fellow service spouse, who remembers asking BFBS to play the song for her husband Paul, who deployed with the artillery, and gives her own personal take on why ‘Promise Me’ became a forces anthem. She said:

'It was a song for everybody. I don't think you could ever repeat that again. It was an absolute one off.' 

It’s an emotional trip for both Beverley and Ernie, and the two share a laugh and a tear together.

Beverley also talks about winning the Brit award for Best Newcomer, her recent recovery from cancer and her forthcoming UK ‘Woman to Woman’ tour with Julia Fordham and Judie Tzuke.