AROUND 200 members of the public and the Mayor of Morpeth, Phil Taylor, were welcomed to the annual Morpeth Rotary Club Christmas charity concert.
The fabulous performers were the Northumbrian Water Ellington Colliery Band. Its usual musical director Jonathan Fenwick was away to accept an award, but his place was taken with flair and panache by Steven Archer, who explained the background to the many fine pieces performed.
The venue was Morpeth Methodist Church and a special guest was ex-brass band player and Minister Paul Cleever-Thorpe.
As well as singing along with much-loved Christmas carols, there were themes from musicals and films and many other seasonal favourites.
The programme included ‘Cavalry’, ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’, Leroy Anderson’s ‘Sleigh Ride’, ‘Winter Wonderland’ and ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’.
There were also a number of fine solos, including an accomplished performance on cornet from band Business Manager John Colvine. Refreshments were provided on the evening by members of Morpeth Inner Wheel Club.
More than £1,400 was raised, with payments to some local charities and £1,000 to Rotary International Foundation to help rid the world of polio. This is a joint venture with the World Health Organisation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.