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Neyland Ladies sing for the King at their 45th anniversary concert

Neyland Ladies Choir will be singing in true regal style this week when they celebrate their 45th anniversary on the eve of the King’s Coronation.

The choir had the honour of being introduced to King Charles during one of his visits to Neyland when he was Prince of Wales.

The event marks 45 years since the late Ivor Thomas had the vision to resurrect choral singing in Neyland. The original plan for a mixed choir quickly changed to just ladies after only one brave gentleman, namely Mr George Palmer, turned up to the inaugral meeting. Mrs Brenda Starkey stepped into the role of accompanist and Neyland Ladies Choir was subsequently formed.

Joan Leckie is the sole remaining singing member of the original choir however many past members from the previous 45 years continue to be loyal supporters.

Under the leadership of musical director Lynne Kelleher,  the choir has enjoyed the challenge of a varied range of music as well as tours to Ireland, France, Holland, Malta and Canada, Margate and Bournemouth.

Accompanist, Miranda Davies, has brought her exceptional talent to the choir by moving to the piano from the alto section. This is the second time Miranda has been accompanist, and the solid partnership between the musical team is evident, as this encourages the ladies to try hard to meet the expectations.

The Neyland Ladies Choir will be performing at St Clement’s Church, Neyland on Friday, May 5, at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced £5 and all proceeds will go to local charity ‘Get the Boys a Lift’ which will continue the vision that Ivor Thomas had all those years ago to support organisations and charities that help others.