MEMBERS of a barbershop chorus struck the right note to celebrate their 25th anniversary at the weekend.

They joined other musicians and singers to take part in the Upper Weardale Music Festival, which was held in the parish church at St John's Chapel, County Durham.

The chorus, part of the Harmony Drifters group, which meets every Thursday at the Corner Flag pub in Hartlepool football ground, chose the festival to celebrate their anniversary.

The barbershop singers took part in a masterclass, the centrepiece of the festival, which was cancelled last year because of the foot-and-mouth epidemic.

One of the organisers, Ros Taylor, said: "Music comes in all shapes and sizes, and that is what we have tried to achieve here."