Whitby street choir festival a success

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THIRTY two choirs descended on Whitby for the annual street choir festival – and proved a roaring success.

This was the 29th festival and was organised by the Whitby Community Choir for the second time in three years.

Organisers said it was less challenging than in 2009, but it still involved a lot of hard work behind the scenes to make it happen.

This year’s festival saw 32 choirs from around the country attend, with organised gatherings mixed with town-wide busking.

The first concert took place on the cliff top but the weather wasn’t on song and 700 choir singers ended up wet.

On the Sunday, choirs were taken down to the beach, where locals and visitors alike heard their singing.

The main event on the Saturday night was held at Whitby Pavilion in the Northern Light Suite, where each choir got a chance to shine.

Each individual choir showcased their talents with exciting singing and equally exciting outfits.

Karen Thompson, one of the organisers, said: “Our own community choir stood out in their electric mix of clothing – they chose not to restrict their creative flow by having a dress code.

“Just as it had been two years ago, and in spite of the weather, this was a successful event.

“Many people expressed their appreciation for the hard work that Whitby Community Choir had put in and well over £1,000 was raised for their chosen charity.”

Festival t-shirts were also being sold to raise more funds for local charity Justice First, which aids those who have been refused asylum.