Fundraising concert marks end of an era for police choir

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A carol concert given by Bedfordshire Police has raised £285 for charity and marked the end of an era for the force’s singers.

The money will be donated to Flint House Police Rehabilitation Centre in Reading, a rehabilitation and convalescent centre which helps more than 3,000 injured police officers to get back to full operational health every year.

Around 100 people attended the carol concert, organised by the force’s Christian Police Association (CPA) and hosted by Chief Constable John Boutcher, who welcomed the congregation to the event on Wednesday, December 9.

As well as readings giving the story of the birth of Jesus, the Bedfordshire Police Choir performed a Christmas Medley - their last ever performance after 50 years singing together. The choir will now disband due to the age of the majority of the members.

Mandy Godfree, branch leader of the Bedfordshire Police CPA, said: “We welcomed around 100 people to this year’s carol concert, which provided a chance to celebrate the birth of Christ and the Christmas season.

“We are grateful to the Rev Nigel Washington from St Mary Magdalene Church in Westoning, who gave his permission for us to use the church for the concert, as well as members of the church and Bedfordshire’s Police Cadets who assisted with parking.”

The concert took place on 9 December.