THE popular Glynneath Male Voice Choir has asked to perform a concert in Hawick in honour of Bill McLaren and the town’s special connection with Wales.
The choir – which has sung by invitation at the Royal Albert Hall on eight separate occasions as well as all over the world – approached The Bill McLaren Foundation with the special request to come to the town.
The foundation is delighted to welcome the Welsh visitors to the town and has agreed that profits from the evening will be given to Hawick Community Council to help with its fund-raising towards providing a bust of Bill McLaren in the town.
Foundation secretary John Thorburn said: “It should be a popular night, the links with Glynneath and Hawick are over 50 years old and when the choir were here previously they played to packed houses. It is fantastic that they want to come to Hawick to help raise funds for such a worthwhile cause.”
Highlighting the choir’s affection for Hawick and enthusiasm to sing in the town, spokesman Huw Watkins said: “There are many memorable occasions when Scotland play Wales at Murrayfield, but the favourite memories of choir members were those of the bi-annual trip to Hawick. The town hall was also the venue for the concerts many years ago and we were warmly welcomed by all in Hawick. We are very much looking forward to the evening and rekindling old friendships.”
He added: “We also are delighted to announce that we will be joined by some members of our neighbouring choir, Onllwyn, to perform at the concert.”
Hawick Community Council vice-chairman Rob Brydon said: “We are delighted to be part of the choir’s visit. I am sure it will bring back fond memories and they can be assured of a warm welcome from the Hawick folk.”
Tickets for the event – which will take place in the town hall on Saturday, August 20 – are £6 and £4, and available from ILF Imaging in Sandbed. More info at www.billmclarenfoundation.co.uk