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Hundreds raised their voices at St Mildred's Church in Tenterden for the Pilgrims Hospices

By Rachael Woods

The Tuesdays were joined by more than 400 people at Tenterden's St Mildred’s Church for the group’s big choir festival.

Pews were packed and aisles jammed for the Make Your Voice Count fundraiser in aid of Pilgrims Hospices on Saturday.

Guest singers were treated to a repertoire of The Tuesdays’ performance choir, The Ruby Tuesdays, and heard soloist Wayne Bridle before taking part in a 6min 39sec medley of Queen’s greatest hits, in three-part harmony.

St Mildred's Church in Tenterden was packed with musical fundraisersPicture courtesy Stuart Kirk

St Mildred's Church in Tenterden was packed with musical fundraisers Picture courtesy: Stuart Kirk

The finale involved everyone joining with a selection of classic hits including ELO’s Mr Blue Sky, Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline and Frank Sinatra’s New York, New York.

The performance raised more than £5,000 for Pilgrims Hospices with the money coming from ticket sales, a bar and raffle.

The Ruby Tuesdays musical director Max Wilson at the Big Sing in St Mildred's ChurchPicture courtesy Stuart Kirk

The Ruby Tuesdays musical director Max Wilson at the Big Sing in St Mildred's Church Picture courtesy: Stuart Kirk

Deirdre Mewse, speaking for the charity, said the cash would be put towards the cost of buying a van to take supplies between the three hospices at Canterbury, Ashford and Thanet.

Max Wilson, musical director of The Tuesdays, said: “It was a fabulous evening, and everyone sang their hearts out. It was such a success that we are already thinking about another Make Your Voice Count performance next year.”

Janet Rice from Derbyshire, Lyn Chapman, her sister, and a member of the Tuesdays and Juliette Calnan, Lyn's neighbour take part in the Big SingPicture courtesy Stuart Kirk

Janet Rice from Derbyshire, Lyn Chapman, her sister, and a member of the Tuesdays and Juliette Calnan, Lyn's neighbour take part in the Big Sing Picture courtesy: Stuart Kirk

The vicar of St Mildred’s, Canon Lindsay Hammond, added: “Over the centuries St Mildred’s has been filled with the sound of singing, but probably never quite like this – but then previous generations never had The Tuesdays around!”

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