FORMER soldiers are proving they are on song - by joining forces in a male choir to raise cash for their military brothers in need.
Three Sheffield men are in The Yorkshire Warriors Choir, which plans to release a CD and already has high-profile shows lined up, despite only getting started a few weeks ago.
The group is a nod to the chart-topping Military Wives Choir which raises cash for charity,
Its members will boost the coffers of The Yorkshire Regiment Benevolent Fund with their performances.
Al Lane, of Gleadless, is one of the Sheffield men who served in 1st Battalion Prince of Wales’s Own Regiment of Yorkshire, along with Steve Williamson and Darren Parker.
Al, aged 42, said: “We’ve got one or two members that are nearly 40 or were wounded and had rehabilitation so we can’t run marathons or do parachute jumps but we can have a go at singing.”
The choir is to star at a Leeds Rhinos rugby match next week and at The Great Yorkshire Show.
Al, who served for 17 years before been medically discharged in 2003, said: “I think half of the lads would rather go back on active service than sing in front of thousands of farmers and rugby players.”
All members of the choir served in regiments which are now part of The Yorkshire Regiment.
They practice once a week near Hull and welcome new members.
Al said: “We are all more of a family than a regiment, a really big family.”
The CD will include songs and a reading from the father of a soldier killed on duty.
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