Windmill Girls sing out for Christmas

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A singing group will spread festive joy by performing Christmas carols for charity.

The Windmill Girls, named after the Stainsacre pub where they rehearse, will tour Whitby throughout December in support of Cancer Research UK.

The girls will meet at the pub to practise a variety of unaccompanied carols every Monday this month.

But as advent and the countdown to Christmas begins, they will take their music on tour to pubs, restaurants and entertainment venues in Robin Hoods Bay, Sleights, Hawsker and Aislaby.

Their performances will include traditional songs dating back to the 18th century, as well as modern favourites such as ‘Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer’, and older classics with a contemporary twist.

The singers are led by local music teacher Sue Rowland, who is the musical director of Whitby Music Centre Choir and the Whitby Area Musical Theatre Company.

She said: “The Monday night carol sessions are increasingly popular with women in the area. Singing in a group is an extraordinary activity.

“There is great satisfaction in the sound produced by combined voices and learning new songs together is a wonderful way to meet and make friends.”

Last year, the girls raised £1,500 for the charity, which researches new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.

New members are invited to join the group by contacting Sue on 01947 600403 or turning up to Monday rehearsals from 7.30pm until 9.30pm.

Singers do not have to attend every performance.