WARRINGTON Male Voice Choir joined world leaders and many others in paying tribute to John Hume, former Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner, following his death last week.
Commenting Choir Chairman Bob Williams said: “The choir has sent a letter of condolence, expressing our deepest sympathies, to his wife and family at this very sad time for them all. Following the Warrington bombings of 1993, and the choir’s numerous ‘peace & reconciliation’ tours across the island of Ireland over many years, John became a great supporter of the choir.
“He was very helpful to our then Chairman Barrie Johnson with the planning of some very significant visits and concerts – for which the choir will be forever grateful. Myself, Musical Director Russell Paterson and a number of current choristers we’re also lucky enough to meet and have chats – both serious and light-hearted, with him on a number of occasions during those tours”.
The choir is currently on its summer break, but when it gets back ‘together’ for its next rehearsal (via zoom, thanks to these challenging times), it will pause at the start to remember John.
Picture shows former Male Voice Choir Chairman Barrie Johnson (right) photographed with John Hume in 1995.