Ladies sing loud for breast cancer charity

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TALENTED singers from an award-winning chorus raised hundreds of pounds for charity.

Ladies of the Spinnaker Chorus, based in Blendworth, Horndean, spent three days singing outside Tesco, in North Harbour, and Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, in aid of the charity Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

Despite the bad weather, shoppers were extremely generous and donated £775 in total.

Singer Sandy Bury, from Emsworth, said: ‘The staff at Tesco were very supportive, particularly the manager and the ladies on the checkouts.

‘One lady in particular encouraged shoppers to clap and cheer us and we in fact got requests for specific songs from some of the shoppers, who enjoyed it.

‘There was a very festive atmosphere and a great camaraderie quickly burgeoned between the chorus, Tesco staff and customers.

‘We sang for four hours in the rain at Gunwharf but it was still great fun.

‘All 30 of us popped into Bar 38 for a hot drink to keep us going.’

The popular chorus has won many awards since it was formed in 2004.

To find out about joining the chorus go to spinnakerchorus.co.uk.