A MALE voice choir in north Durham is disbanding after more than 70 years of performing.

Leadgate Gleemen, which has 26 members, has a long history of performing concerts in support of charities and other organisations.

It was formed in 1941 with 16 members as Leadgate Male Voice Choir.

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A spokesman for the group, which is based in Citizen's House, Station Road, Consett, said: "We would like to thank all who have supported us the many years."

Leadgate Gleemen will perform its last concert at 7pm on Saturday April 12 in St Patrick's Hall, Consett.

Guest artistes include Jonathan Stokoe on violin and accompanist Ruth Armishaw. Tickets cost £7. To find out more call 01207-505035.