This weekend the fourteenth Whitby Gospel Music Convention takes place at Whitby Pavilion, and for the first time one familiar face will be missing
Regular compere for the past 13 years, George Hamilton IV has been offered a permanent position at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry and the first six month contract runs from the beginning of May through to November.
Taking over from him will be Tony Goodacre who made his first appearance at the convention last year.
Fans from all over Britain attend the convention which is on tomorrow and Sunday.
This year’s line-up doesn’t include many new singers, although country singerMichael J. Ramplin from Lancashire will make his first appearance at the event.
Organiser Paul Wheater from Sleights, started holding the event in the year 2000, with his late wife Jill.
He told the Whitby Gazette: “Those who didn’t get to the November `Winter Warmer`, can look forward to hearing a new family group for Whitby - `The Sunbeam Singers`
“They really won the hearts of lots of folks in November and it’s good to see them back in Whitby.
“Many will be pleased to know that `The Harvesters`, the legendary group from Northern Ireland are back in Whitby after a few years break.
“They have recently celebrated 40 years of involvement in gospel music.”
Following from the weekend concerts, Whitby Spring Bible Week takes place at Whitby Evangelical Church. four meetings all starting at 7.30pm from Monday to Thursday.
This year, the subject is “Biblical Prophecy” with Dr Sam Gordon.
For more details about Whitby Gospel Music Convenion and the Whitby Spring Bible Week call 01947 810561 or visit www.paulwheater.com.
Tickets can be purchased at Whitby Pavilion from Friday afternoon onwards.