In full voice to celebrate council’s five decades

Posted by: Belinda Hargreaves

Tue 9th April 2024

Two choral entertainment groups from the Alfreton area were among others across the borough who helped a council with its 50th anniversary celebration at the weekend.
‘The Making of Amber Valley’ celebration took place in Ripley Market Place on Saturday (April 6), and saw the ‘Sing Along with Ellie’ group, which has sessions at The Junction 28 Church in South Normanton; as well as the Alfreton Male Voice Choir, entertaining visitors at the community event.
A spokesman for Alfreton Male Voice Choir said: “Saturday saw a busy Market Place in Ripley as Amber Valley Borough Council celebrated 50 years of serving local communities.
“Alfreton Male Voice Choir were one of many entertainments along with displays by local organisations
“A windy but dry Market Place kept the public moving but they were well entertained. Led by Music Director Terry Clay and accompanists Lisa Smith, the Choir songs included: Let it be me; What wonderful world; Sweet Caroline High on a hill; Stouthearted men Let all men sing; That’s all I want from you American trilogy. “
They added: “There was a great response from the public with the choir proud to support our Borough.
Guys are always welcome to join the choir by popping along to practices each Thursday at 6.30pm at Palmer Morewood Club, Hall Street, Alfreton.”


Meanwhile, Ellie Fessey, who runs Sing Along with Ellie, said of the day: “Our fabulous group members and volunteers had the best time at The Making Of Amber Valley event in Ripley.
“The strong winds did not deter us in our singing, smiling and making new friends with Furthest from the Sea Music, Comedy & Arts & Amber Valley Borough Council.”
Ellie added: “These guys put together a fantastic community event in a very short space of time, great to meet you all and many thanks for inviting us to take part.”

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