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Felling Male Voice Choir were invited to take part in The National Association of Choirs Celebration Concert in Derby. It coincided with the choir’s 50th Anniversary in 1970.

The choir sang their own programme and a combined number with the “Silver Ring” Choir from Bath and the “Rodillian Ladies” Choir from Wakefield. The number, “Over a hill the west wind loves”, was composed by Ernest Tomlinson and conducted by his father, Fred Tomlinson.

The secretary of the NAC congratulated Felling Male Voice Choir on their “thrilling contribution to the concert”.

During their visit, members visited the local Tramway Museum. Some rode on the Gateshead No. 5 Tram, which had been in service in Gateshead until 1951.