Top honours for WRI members at national choir awards

Heiton and Morebattle Choir (plus the Crawford Trophy!).
Heiton and Morebattle Choir (plus the Crawford Trophy!).

Ladies from Heiton and Morebattle WRI took home the Crawford Trophy at the annual SWRI national choir awards earlier this month.

The win marks a hat-trick of successes for the local group in the competition, having sung their way to the top in 1986 and 2009.

Lesley Abernethy conducted the choir and Nettie Fleming was the accompanist at the national awards on April 6, held this year in Motherwell.

Having reached the finals without having to sing a note, as no other group in the local federation entered a choir, the ladies found themselves up against five other WRI choirs from around Scotland.

The group’s choir was formed in 1985 and now enjoys a membership of around 20 ladies from 
the WRI, which obviously has a much longer ­history.