First World War concert boosts Poppy Appeal

WW1 concert at the Engine Shed.
WW1 concert at the Engine Shed.
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Over 200 people packed the Engine Shed in Wetherby to join the Wetherby Folk Chorale in remembering the First World War.

While admission was free, donations amounting to £1,100 were gratefully collected and will be shared between Help for Heroes and The Royal British Legion.

The audience enjoyed a programme, which included a wide range of traditional and contemporary songs, poems and readings from the period.

Many of the songs were accompanied and kept to the beat by Robert Lewins, a locally based and experienced military drummer.

The atmosphere was made complete by the photographs emblazoned on the giant screen above the stage. The pictures were put together and displayed by Wetherby resident Ian Littlefair.

Wetherby Folk Chorale musical director Mel Swales said: “What a great night.

“The audience paid rapt attention to our performance, and the feedback was very positive.

“To see the Engine Shed full of appreciative people who also generously donated to the two Forces charities was very rewarding.

“A big thank you to the Engine Shed, our drummer, and our sound and visual assistants, plus of course all the hard-working members of our Folk Chorale. A very worthwhile experience”.

Wetherby Folk Choral hold rehearsals twice each month – on second and fourth Thursday nights, at the Parish Church Centre/Church Rooms, in Church Street, from 7.30-9.15pm. More information www.wetherbyfolkchorale.co.uk