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.”