Little did we know that, when dealing with the organiser of a concert for the choir to sing at St Andrew’s Church, Heckington, Lincolnshire on Saturday 5th May, he was a former choir member.  Not only that, but he had looked on our website and found a photograph with himself on it!

The photograph featured in the About Us – Revival section of the website showed the choir at their annual concert in 1952, with 17-year old Ian Bland seen on the right in the middle row.  Here his picture is shown enlarged.  Delighted with the prospect of meeting an ‘old boy’, we prepared a framed print of the ‘original’ and the photo below shows Ian being presented with it by Rick Morrish, our compere, at the end of the concert.

Thanking the choir, Ian recalled being asked by the then MD, Cyril Sanday (3rd from left in front row), to sing a solo at another concert; he sang ‘Bless this House’ to absolute silence when he finished.  The concert was at Lowdham Grange, currently a Young Offenders Institute, and no doubt a part of HM prison network in the 1950s.  Ian noted that some of the lines of the song, including ‘Make it safe by night and day’ and ‘Keep them pure and free from sin’ would not have been appreciated by the inmates.  [Editor's note: Surely, 'Bless this door that it may prove ever open . . .' would have received a cheer?]

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