THE unmistakeable strains of the valleys resonated throughout the town hall on Saturday night as the Glynneath Male Voice Choir made a welcome return to the town.
And they proved as good now as they were over 40 years ago when they first graced the stage in Hawick.
The packed programme of songs included Soldiers Choice, When I fall in love, Let it be me, You’ll never walk alone, The Saints, Sweet Georgia Brown, Cwm Rhondda and American Trilogy.
Young pianist Angharad Jane Davies also entertained with two spectacular solos in each half of the concert.
And a fantastic evening’s entertainment was brought to a close with the singing of the Welsh national anthem, followed by an impromptu rendition of Flower of Scotland, which received a standing ovation from the large audience.
The event was hosted by the community council and Bill McLaren Foundation, with all proceeds donated to the fund to build a memorial to ‘The Voice of Rugby’ in Wilton Lodge Park.
Community council chairman John Hope told the Hawick News the event had been a resounding success.
He said: “The choir included this in their 50-year celebrations and they absolutely delighted a very captive audience with their tremendous programme.
“Their young pianist Angharad was also a credit to them and performed brilliantly.
“From the people of Hawick I would like to offer a very sincere thanks to the choir and also to all those who helped organise the evening as well as the bar staff who did a great job.”
It is understood the event will have raised funds in excess of £1,000 towards the total cost of the project, which is believed to be in the region of £15,000.
n There are still prizes to be claimed from the evening’s raffle – No56 pink and No92 blue – which can be collected from ILF Imaging in the Sandbed.