A SINGING group which has helped raise more than £40,000 for charity has disbanded after five years of performing because of “differences of opinion”.
But the Bridlington Classic Pop Singers have now reformed under the name Brid Beat with a 30-strong group continuing to perform and raise money for charitable causes.
The Bridlington Classic Pop Singers were formed by accountant Robert Mason back in May 2007 as a not-for-profit organisation performing classic pop music to raise funds for charities.
The group have performed at the request of town mayors and civic dignitaries throughout the area, as well as for various community groups, disabled groups and for the elderly.
Mr Mason said: “As with many groups where people offer their services voluntarily there have been differences of opinion as to how the group should further progress.
“Bridlington Classic Pop Singers has therefore closed down on literally a high note to encompass the five years and three months of its existence as something of which all those involved should be proud of.
“A special thanks to all our audience members who have been so supportive.”
The singers would bring to life the 1960s and 1970s, by wearing costumes from that era and putting on a show for free with proceeds from the sale of tickets going to the fund-raisers.
To date the singers have performed at countless fund-raising events throughout the East Riding, helping to raise £42,000 for charity.
Mr Mason said: “The popularity of the group was far greater than ever anticipated, and Bridlington Classic Pop Singers performed at the charity fund-raising events of many mayors in the region, in festivals at the Spa, in support of Lions Clubs in the region as far away as Hull and Holderness, and in many village halls and churches.”
“We also performed just to entertain for the Royal British Legion, and for disabled groups and the very elderly to hopefully bring a moment of joy into their lives,” Mr Mason added.
The groups final performance was at Southcliffe Methodist Church, in Scarborough, on August Bank Holiday Monday as part of their summer season of charity concerts.
Any remaining assets belonging to the Classic Pop Singers will now be donated to Yorkshire Cancer Research.
“I feel certain that other groups will emerge from those who were a part of this project, and who enjoy this very meaningful recreation so much.
“I wish them well for the future,” Mr Mason added.
Brid Beat rehearsals are held every Wednesday at the Royal British Legion Club, on Hilderthorpe Road, at 7.30pm. Anyone wanting to join the new group are welcome. Or any prospective new members can contact Peter or Maria Garland on 602912 for more information.