Singing sweet music fora quarter of a century
THE Queen is not the only one celebrating a jubilee in 2012.
The Pelham Singers, of Immingham, are marking their 25th anniversary with a special concert at the town's Oasis Academy on Saturday.
The choir, which has raised thousands of pounds for charity over the years, will be performing a selection of their favourite songs.
They will be joined on stage by the Market Rasen Brass Band and local singer Gary Starkie.
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Chairman of the choir Barbara Fews said: "We are holding the concert as part of a jubilee celebration, because although it is the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, it is also our Silver Jubilee.
"The programme includes our favourite songs through the years by the likes of Abba and the Bee Gees, as well as two or three new numbers, and we will be finishing the show with the brass band, who are absolutely amazing.
"The Oasis Academy has generously let us use their premises on a Saturday evening and we are very grateful to them for that."
Among those who will be performing in the concert is founder member Bertha Cottingham, 86, who started the choir by placing an advert in the Grimsby Telegraph.
Her late husband Ken came up with the name of the Pelham Singers.
Bertha said: "I had moved back to Immingham to retire, and as I had always sung in a choir I decided to set one up here.
"I put a notice in the paper and we had ten people at the first meeting, and it went from there."
Today, the choir has 25 singers from across North East Lincolnshire, plus musical director Elaine Dix and pianist Wendy Pankhurst.
It performs at around four concerts every year, and over the past seven years has raised about £12,500 for charity.
The choir meets every Thursday at St Andrew's Church in Church Lane and new members are always welcome. Bertha added: "We have had a wonderful 25 years. People have worked very hard to keep the choir going and everybody really loves it."
The concert is at Oasis Academy Immingham at 7.30pm on Saturday. Tickets are £7 including refreshments and can be booked by calling 01469 573633 or 01469 517059.