Legendary quartet reunite for Whitby Gospel event

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Legendary Southern Gospel quartet The Harvesters, who retired at the end of 2014 after 40 years, have reunited for an event in Whitby this weekend.

The group will be singing in a special performance tomorrow at the 16th annual Gospel Music Convention, on at Whitby Pavilion.

Organiser Paul Wheater told the Whitby Gazette: “They agreed to get together one last time to appear at the Whitby event, and will be singing during a Saturday matinee tribute performance, hosted by broadcaster and record producer Samuel Purdy.”

Tony Goodacre is known as ‘Britain’s Mr Country Music’ and is the UK’s most travelled and well-known country singer.

He has sung at The Grand Ole Opry and also joined Paul Wheater for his historic appearance at The London Palladium.

Both Tony and Paul will be singing at this matinee concert.

Lots of other artistes from different areas of the country are travelling to Whitby to take part in the UK’s number one gospel music convention.

The Ayrton Family gospel singing group, from the highest fell in Lancashire in an area known as Britain’s Bible Belt, have become firm favourites at the Whitby event and are now permanent WGMC members.

Other artistes include The North Ness Boys from Shetland, Samuel Purdy, The Amen Gospel Praise Band and The Sunbeam Singers, originally from India but now based in central Scotland.

Making their first visit to Whitby are the trio, Kingdom Bound and Nell Hire with daughter Lorraine.

Nell is one of Northern Ireland’s most popular gospel singers and is also a fine gospel pianist.

There are further activities, during Whitby Spring Bible Week, which follows the Convention weekend.

These include a Coffee Morning on Monday at Whitby Evangelical Church at 10.30am at which Paul Wheater will sing along with other WGMC artistes.

Paul will also be singing in some of the town’s day centres.

He will be joined by his friends Veronica Nelson of Whitby, and Grahaeme and Laurie Petersen from Brotherton. The main theme for Bible Week evening meetings (at Whitby Evangelical Church) will be The Case For Creation” presented by Professor Andrew McIntosh.

Ticket prices for the Gospel Music Convention range from £6 to £49 for a full weekend ticket.