A TALENTED group of singers, including members from the Dispatch district, have shown Britain’s athletes the way to gold ahead of the London Olympics.
For the Grand Central Chorus stormed to the top of the podium to win the prestigious Barbershop Singers’ National Championships.
Grand Central, who are based in Long Eaton, beat off rivals from across the country at the seaside resort of Southport in Merseyside.
It is the fifth time they have taken gold in the contest in their 21-year history.
“I always felt we were in with a chance,” said musical director John Grant. “We came third last year, and I knew we had improved.”
Martin York, a long-standing member of the bass section, said: “It was nerve-wracking. Third placed was announced, not us. Then second, not us. Then the brief wait for the announcement of first place was a killer! Gold or nothing.
“Happily, it was gold. The Chorus were ecstatic.”
Forty groups competed at the national championships, with each performing two songs.
The Grand Central members belted out ‘I’ll Be Seeing You’ and ‘South Rampart Street Parade’. They were graded on their performance, choice of music and presentation.
It was the 38th annual competition held by the British Association of Barbershop Singers (BABS).
n OUR PHOTO shows the Grand Central Chorus with their trophy