Friday, 17 September 2010

Singing for Fairlynch

Budleigh Salterton Male Voice Choir, pictured above, and special Australian guests Wagga City Rugby Male Choir will perform in concert on Wednesday 22 September at St Peter’s Church to raise funds for Fairlynch Museum. The event will be attended by Councillor Tom Wright, Budleigh Salterton's Town Mayor of Budleigh Salterton.

The 45-strong Wagga City Rugby Male Choir (WCRMC) is based in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales Australia. It is one of only two male choirs in Australia directly associated with a rugby club, the other being the Australian Rugby Choir.

The Wagga City choir are visiting East Devon as part of their 2010 five-week tour of Britain, the Republic of Ireland and Germany. Budleigh Salterton Male Voice Choir is providing accommodation in their own homes for the visitors during the three-day stay.

The Budleigh choir regularly contributes proceeds from ticket sales to a variety of charities. Fairlynch, a striking Regency thatched marine cottage orné is one of the architectural landmarks of Budleigh. The house was built in 1811 by Matthew Yeates, a local ship owner. The thatched turret was added later so he could see ships coming into the bay.

The museum has recently had a full gas-fired central heating system installed, replacing an inadequate electrical supply. It is run entirely by volunteers, and needs to find £10,000 per year for general upkeep.

The concert begins at 7.30 pm. Tickets at £6 are on sale from The Lawn Bakery, Fairlynch Museum, and at the door.

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