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Choir marks anniversary

An internationally renowned male voice choir, which has flown the flag for the Sheffield region by bringing back honours from all over the world, will be singing itself a happy 80th next month.

Born as a small offshoot of the village church choir in 1934, Bolsterstone MVC became a successful male ensemble – and was twice the best male voice choir in the world by winning the International Eisteddfod in Wales in 1972 and 2002.

A plaque will be unveiled above the door of Bolsterstone village hall, where the choir rehearses, on Monday, August 18, by longest-serving member Raymond Pearson.

It will be dedicated to ‘choir members past and present who have been making music in the village since 1934’.

The Rev Kevin Barnard, a fervent supporter of the choir while vicar of St Mary’s, Bolsterstone, before moving to Halifax last year, will conduct a short service and blessing at St Mary’s.

Five choir members who each have more than 50 years’ service - Raymond English, brothers Raymond and Graham Pearson, David Wilkinson and Lionel Shaw - are due to attend.

Choir chairman Roger Pont said: “We are proud to have reached this landmark and also to have carried the name of Bolsterstone, and the Sheffield region, all over the world through our singing.”

 

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