Choir looking for new members

Eyemouth fishermans choir
Eyemouth fishermans choir

One of Berwickshire’s longest-running singing groups is looking for new members.

The Eyemouth Fishermen’s Choir was formed back in 1984, by a local grocer, Arthur Dougall. He was the first conductor and his accompanist was Agnes Blackie.

Arthur served as the group’s conductor until his untimely death in December 1998.

It was thought at that time that the choir would disband, but June, Arthur’s widow, requested that it continue in his memory.

Now, jokes chairman Walter Hay, “We are wondering where all the tenors have gone, in particular, and we’re encouraging interested people to come along and join in.”

Membership has shrunk from a peak of 55 to around 28. The choir has approximately six engagements a year, which recently included the wedding of Lady Iona Home, granddaughter of former Primer Minister Sir Alex.

Anyone interested in joing in is invited to attend a choir meeting, held each Tuesdaya t 7.30pm in the EU Church, Eyemouth.