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Felling Male Voice Choir had hardly relaxed from winning the Stockton Music Festival in November 1950 before arrangements were quickly put in hand for The Festival of Britain competition in June of the following year.

A budget of £400 was set for travel, accommodation and expenses. Donations were received from other choirs and organisations in the area.

In March 1951, two special concerts were held at Gateshead Town Hall and Holly Hill Methodist Church, Felling to help raise funds.

The set test piece for the competition was Armstrong-Gibbs “The Listeners” and Tom Mearis chose Thomas Morley’s madrigal “Ho!, who comes here”.

After a journey of over 12 hours by bus, the Choir eventually reached London and their hotel after 8.00pm on the Friday evening. Tyneside and the rest of the country awaited the outcome of The Festival of Britain music competition on the Saturday!