Choir on song after cash boost

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TWO choirs are on song for a huge date thanks to a helping hand from a businessman.

Funeral director Gerald Martin stepped in when the Hartlepool Community Choir and the George Colley Singers needed transport for a huge event later this month.

Both of the town-based groups will be performing at The Sage, in Gateshead, on Saturday, September 22, in a concert to support the soldiers’ charity ABF.

Community Choir secretary Linda Morley said: “Gerald has provided funds for transport there. He has supported us for a few years. He has been so generous.”

The charity concert is called Salute Our Heroes and Linda added: “We will be taking more than 60 singers to The Sage and as well as providing the transport, Gerald has also helped towards the cost of new corsages for the ladies.”

Salute our Heroes features bands, dancers and singers from all over the North-East and starts at 7.30pm.

As well as the Hartlepool contingency, it will also feature the Catterick Garrison WAGS Choir, the 102 Battalion REME Pipe Band, the Clan na Gael Irish Dancers, the Heavy Calvary and Cambrai Band,and soloist Julie Pendleton.

It will be compered by Alisdair Hutton, the writer and narrator of the Royal Military Tattoo.

Tickets are £20 or £15 with concessions, and they are available from The Sage ticket office on (0191) 4434661.

ABF The Soldiers Charity gives support to serving and retired soldiers and their families. To contact the charity, telephone (0207) 9018900.