Colne Orpheus Glee Choir congratulates long-serving members

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CHOIR singers gathered to celebrate 125 years in harmony and congratulate three long-serving members.

The choir’s “top Cs” – Bob Charles, Michael Chew and Geoff Coe – have all sung for 30 years with Colne Orpheus Glee Union male voice choir, which was founded in 1886 and is still going strong.

They received long-service gifts at a celebration dinner at Colne Golf Club, where choir chairman Jack Hargreaves thanked them for their service. Mr Charles is choir treasurer and joint fund-raiser with Mr Chew.

Entertainer Gerald Holden added laughs to the event with a non-stop stream of jokes and stories.

Earlier this year, the choir’s 125-year celebration concert at Pendle Hippodrome attracted a near-capacity audience to see John Rawnsley, who was the choir’s youngest member before progressing to become a top professional opera singer.

In the run-up to Christmas, the Orpheus will appear at Christ Church on Sunday, December 4th; at the Hippodrome Christmas concert with Pendle Youth Choir and PYO Music on Saturday, December 10th; and with Burnley Alliance Silver Band at St Bede’s Church, Nelson, on Friday, December 16th.

The Orpheus is on the lookout for new members, and any men interested in singing are welcome to go along and listen in at rehearsal nights, every Wednesday at Colne British Legion Club, Keighley Road, from 7-30 p.m., or contact secretary Michael Timberlake on 01282 868143.