Broads choirs combine to help drought appeal

A riot of colour and beautiful harmonies filled the centre of Norwich yesterday as two choirs from the Norfolk Broads got together to raise money for the drought appeal.

Volunteers collected donations for the Disasters Emergency Committee as the Trinity Broads Singers, from Martham and Vocal Chords from East Ruston sang songs from the African continent.

Lesley Thomas, a member of both choirs, had the idea. She said: 'We were just so terribly, terribly moved by the plight in Africa, but rather than just standing and collecting we thought we would sing. Giving something back is the ethos of our choirs.'

More than 10 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and the newly-formed republic of South Sudan have been left in need of food, water and emergency healthcare because of one of the worst droughts in 60 years.

Stephanie Anderson, leading the choirs, said: 'We love singing African music and this is a way of giving something back. It is a very worthwhile cause.'

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