Windmill Girls raise £2,000 for charity

The Windmill Singers
The Windmill Singers

The Windmill Girls’ 12 days of Christmas carol singing performances have raised £2,208 for Cancer Research.

The ladies meet up every year on the first Monday in November at the Windmill Inn, Stainsacre, and spend this and subsequent Mondays singing carols together.

This tradition started ten years ago. The singers are led by Sue Rowland, who has been the Musical Director for many of the Whitby Area Musical Theatre Company’s shows and also directs the choir at Whitby Music Centre.

The Windmill Girls sing English traditional carols, some collected from villages in Derbyshire and Yorkshire, as well as popular Christmas songs, in two-, three- or even four-part harmony, all unaccompanied.

After a few weeks’ rehearsal, the girls go out to entertain the public and collect for Cancer Research.

This year, the first venue was Lidl, then the Christmas Market on the same day.

A busy timetable followed at various locations around the Whitby area.

Black Eye Friday – the last Friday before Christmas – was spent going round all the pubs in Robin Hood’s Bay. The following evening they sang at the Walk to Bethlehem village carol service at Hawsker Methodist Church, followed by as many pubs and restaurants in Whitby as they could manage.

The Windmill Girls encourage people to sing along and enjoy the carols and their aim is to raise money for Cancer Research. The girls thank everyone for the warm welcome they received at all venues.

Danny, from the Cancer Research shop in Whitby, said: “The money raised by the Windmill Girls always amazes us, but this year they have really outdone themselves.”