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The strength of comradeship, team spirit and strong leadership under Tom Mearis helped Felling Male Voice Choir to recover better than most after the Second World War.

The Choir was fortunate that only one member was killed in action and they missed the enthusiasm of baritone, Jack Bennett. By the end of 1945, with old members returning and an increase in new members, the Choir was nearly 70 strong.

During 1946, the Choir consolidated and didn’t take part in any competitions. But in May 1947, the situation changed when they shared the honours with Cowan Sheldons Male Voice Choir from Carlisle at the North Of England Musical Tournament in Newcastle.

This success was followed up with 1st Prize at the Blackpool Festival in October 1947. A tremendous achievement against 15 of Britain’s best male choirs. Dr. Herbert Howells in his adjudication said “Briiliant, graphic, dead-sure, superb, exciting. Every member knew beyond doubt that the sail had been set right and now the wide oceans of choral experience lay open to them.” Woah, can’t get much better than that!