Filey choir gives free sing-along concert

Words and photos by Dave Barry 

Irton Garden Centre’s cafe was full when Filey Fishermen's Choir gave a free sing-along concert.

Lyric sheets were handed out for the audience to join in with songs, beginning with Will Your Anchor Hold by William Kirkpatrick.

The choir, formed in the late 19th century, sang for an hour and a quarter, accompanied on organ by Francis Appleby.

Chorister Michael Kitchen said: “We sang there for the first time in May and it went down so well that we were invited back”.

The choir will be back again for a carol service on 12 December, at 7pm. Again, no charge will be made for admission.

The men-only choir has about 30 engagements a year, singing during church services.

Members have always practised on Saturday evenings, because they didn’t fish on Sundays. However, they are reputed to have waited on the Coble Landing for the St Oswald’s Church clock to strike midnight before launching out for the new week’s fishing.

The large repertoire is mainly made up of Christian songs of the sea, such as Pull for the Shore, Eternal Father, Blue Galilee, Fierce Raged the Tempest, etc.

Rehearsals are at Filey Methodist Church on Station Avenue, from about 6.30pm to 7.45pm.

New members are welcome. If you would like to join, either just turn up or ring Michael Kitchen on 891215.