SHE’S always got about a bit, that Edwina Currie.
There was a time when she was all over the news like runny egg but these days she gets a better class of gig.
Fairly fresh from her exploits on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing Edwina has been named as the first ever female president of the Tideswell Male Voice Choir.
A surprise on the one hand but she’s been shaking up male-dominated societies all her life.
“I never thought I would win Strictly Come Dancing and coincidentally, when I was eliminated, I was invited to become president of this wonderful Male Voice Choir in the Peak District,” said Edwina, the former South Derbyshire MP of 14 years standing.
“I was delighted to accept the opportunity. So, while I may have lost my Strictly dance partner Vincent Simone, I have now gained 60 men from Derbyshire.”
Bill Preece, choir chairman, said: “Edwina is an ideal choice to represent and promote the choir’s burgeoning reputation for excellence in choral singing.”
Former Junior Health Minister under Prime Minister John Major, Edwina describes her marriage to husband, John, as being: “Married to the most handsome baritone in the High Peak.”
Though one or two of the choir may have something to say about that...
Edwina’s first appearance as president will be a charity Christmas Musical Spectacular at the Winding Wheel, Chesterfield on Sunday December 18. The concert will feature the choir and the Sir Richard Arkwright Masson Mills Band, whose president, Lord Hattersley (otherwise known as Wednesdayite Roy Hattersley), will also be there.
All proceeds to the Teenage Cancer Unit at Weston Park Hospital.
Ticket hotline is on 01298 77947 or the Winding Wheel on 01246 345334. Prices £12.50 and £35 for a family ticket (two adults and two children under 16).