Singer, 97, in concert for South Yorkshire Police’s choir milestone

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A 97-year-old choir member who has helped to raise money for almost a century will join a special concert being held to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the South Yorkshire Police Male Voice Choir.

The choir will be accompanied by the force’s own band as well as special guest, young soprano Felicity Simpson, for the concert on June 6.

The oldest member of the choir – 97-year-old Harry Whitnall – will be joined by Chief Constable David Crompton at the celebration.

The concert is being held at the Hall Cross Academy Lower School in Bessacar, Doncaster.

Mr Whitnall was the recipient of a pair of boots from the choir’s first ever concert in October 1925,

The concert was held at the Doncaster Grand Theatre, when the choir performed to help raise funds to buy ‘Boots for Bairns’.

Boots for Bairns was an appeal which raised money to buy boots for young children in poverty, which would enable them to attend school.

Mr Whitnall said: “Who would have thought after all the years since receiving a pair of boots in 1925 that I would now be a member of this brilliant group of men who are still helping raise money for worthy causes.

“I joined officially in the early 1980s and I still enjoy their company.

“Even though I was never a member of the police service, I have always respected police officers.”

Tickets to the concert are on sale now priced £10 each and can be purchased by emailing or calling 01302 390579.

Audience members can also pay on the door. The concert starts at 7.30pm and light refreshments will be served.

A portion of the concert’s proceeds will be donated to the Doncaster Firefly cancer charity.