THE return of the Glynneath Male Voice Choir will invoke special memories for one local woman.
Sally Robson was a native of the small Welsh town until she met and married her husband, when she made the move to Hawick 67 years ago.
But the 86-year-old maintained her links with her hometown by regularly arranging concerts for the choir. She said: “I’d been here a few years and I was walking along the street with my little one and, coming towards me, I saw a group of men and I recognised a few of them from Wales.
“It all started from the rugby and a few of the choir came up. We had a little concert in Drumlanrig School and there was a lot of interest so the next time we got the Town Hall for a proper concert.
“It was all done in conjunction with the Round Table and people used to come and buy tickets at 10 or 12 at a time. It was great.
“It was taken over by the Rotary Club and every other year they would come up.”
On one such occasion, former Hawick Amateur Operatic stalwart Sally sang the Welsh national anthem, while she has also travelled with them to London’s Albert Hall.
And she can’t wait to see them again when they entertain an audience in the Town Hall next Saturday night in honour of the late Bill McLaren. She added: “I’m absolutely delighted the show is happening.”
Sally, who visits family in Wales two or three times a year, will be returning to the valleys on the coach with the choir next Sunday for a short holiday.
Organised by the community council and the Bill McLaren Foundation, all proceeds will go towards funding a bust of the Voice of Rugby in Wilton Lodge Park.
Tickets for the event are £6 and £4, and available from ILF Imaging in Sandbed.