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GIVE US SOMETHING TO SING ABOUT; Choir hopes to turn all your tokens into notes - and buy a new piano.

Byline: ANDY PASSANT

WILTON Male Voice Choir is taking part in the Gazette's Wish campaign for the first time.

And the choir is hoping to have something to sing about when the money is dished out.

Formerly the ICI Wilton Male Voice Choir, it meets every Monday afternoon at the Southlands Centre in Middlesbrough.

Syd Watson, chairman of the choir, said any extra cash would be appreciated.

Syd, 74, from Marske, said: "Anything would be a bonus."

The choir currently has free use of a room at the Southlands Centre but this could soon change.

Syd explained: "In April next year we may have to move because of the cutbacks.

"We will have to start paying rent or find somewhere it is economical for us to go to.

"Our electric piano is also getting near its sell-by date. We could do with a new one.

"The other main thing is when we start a new song the music is not cheap to buy for 30 plus members.

"All the lads pay for their own transport. Everybody uses their own cars.

"It is great comradeship. It is a good social outlet. We could do with more young blood in the choir."

Syd said it was a pleasure to perform for people.

"When we sing some of the old songs you can see the expressions on people's faces. We get great enjoyment from this."

The choir performs mainly in the Cleveland area.

Syd said: "Every concert we give is free. Any donations we get are given to Kirkleatham Special Needs School."

This year Wish is handing out a fantastic pounds 50,000 - the most yet - and all the cash will go to well-deserving community groups.

The amount of money they receive depends on how many tokens they collect. * Tokens can be sent to Syd Watson at 19 Brabazon Drive, Marske, TS11 6NL. * Your tokens are on Page 15.

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In April next year we may have to move because of the cutbacks...Our electric piano is also getting near its sell-by date. We could do with a new one - Wilton Male Voice Choir chairman Syd Watson, pictured above with musical director and pianist Eileen Moores and choir members Picture by KATIE LUNN
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Dec 15, 2010
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