Choir to raise the roof for County Durham church fund following lead thefts (From The Northern Echo)
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Choir to raise the roof for County Durham church fund following lead thefts
PARISHIONERS who were left with a bill of thousands of pounds after thieves stripped the lead off their church before Christmas will get help from a celebrated male voice choir at the weekend.
The The East Fife Male Voice Choir will perform at St Bartholomew’s Church, Sunderland Bridge, near Durham City, at 2.30pm on Sunday, October 12, in aid of its roof fund.
The church was left with a substantial bill after thieves stripped lead off the roof shortly before Christmas last year. It was the second theft in two years.
Church warden Robin Stevenson said: “The East Fife Male Voice Choir were coming to the region anyway and heard of our plight and offered to come and help us free of charge, which is marvelous.
“The choir was formed in 1957 has roots in a coal mining community, so people from the former mining communities in Durham, among others, may be interested in coming along.
“The choir will be performing a mixture of church and secular music.”
Mr Stevenson said, because of the number of lead thefts in the region recently, the insurance would only pay a third of the church’s damages.
He said: “We have been left £15,000 short for both thefts - and as a small congregation people looked at each other and asked 'is this the end of the road for us?'.
“Fortunately, kind people come forward and make suggestions and want to help. Our reserves have been depleted, but we are clawing our way back. We are determined this is not going to beat us.”
Tickets for the concert are £5 and are available at the door, or contact Mr Stevenson on 07974967285.
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