The year began with a forced move of rehearsal venue when the Baxi Sports Club at
Bamber Bridge closed down. The new venue was Springfields Social Centre, Salwick
Club. The new venue was a little challenging as it had recently had a £75,000 makeover
and there was concern about the risers damaging the floor. A solution was found -
On January 29th there was a social evening at Fleetwood with the Red Rose Chorus, Red Rosettes and Fleetwood Choral Society.
The entertainers rule ‘never perform with animals or children’ was broken when the Red Rose Chorus joined with the children of Kirkland Junior School Choir. The children’s first half with songs from ‘Snow White’ and ‘Mary Poppins’ contrasted with the men’s second half with a finale of nursery rhymes joining the two groups together in a barbershop arrangement that raised the roof and the school bus fund by £300
Father and daughter Alan and Helen Wright took part in the event and were photographed for the press.
In April the Chorus came first in the Crosby Festival of Music and Dancing Golden Jubilee, after warming up on the car park, in the dark.
Convention was at Harrogate, in May. The lists seem to sow that 53 members went although there are not that many on the photo.
This was written by new member Duncan Smith:
So there I was in the Harrogate warm-
Serenade (Quartet) came 9th.
There were several charity events later in the year, including Leonard Cheshire Golden Jubilee and Hospice Care for Burnley & Pendle.
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