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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Maryport choir hits the right note

Rock on! There is a new choir in Maryport belting out pop classics.

SING ALONG: Broadview Rock Choir has been launched in Maryport, from left: Jude Graham, Jim O’Rourke, Jackie O’Rourke, Sarah Beeby, Ken Houghton, Laurence Weldon and Paul Deegan

Paul Deegan, 52, and his partner Jude Graham, 50, both of Crosby, have started a rock choir which rehearses in Maryport every Wednesday.

The couple own Broadview Music, a recording studio and music tuition business, which they run from their home.

Broadview Rock Choir formed six weeks ago and has around 14 members.

Mr Deegan said: “We are giving people a chance to express themselves. It’s been great seeing them evolve from when they first walked through the door.”

Mrs Graham said: “It seems to have captured everyone’s imagination in Maryport. There is a lot of interest. We wanted to do something a little bit different.”

The choir has been rehearsing several classic hits, including Don’t Give Up, Hard Day’s Night, Bridge Over Troubled Water and Every Breath You Take.

Sarah Beeby, 48, of Noble Croft, Aspatria, joined the choir so she could meet new people.

She said: “It’s fabulous and has really made a difference to me. It’s completely changed me and it does lift you.”

The choir is available to perform at events and money raised from gigs will go to charity.

Its first performance will be at the Co-op supermarket in Maryport from 10am on Sunday, in aid of Maryport Inshore Rescue.

Rehearsals take place from 7pm on Wednesdays at the Settlement, High Street, Maryport.

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