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A com­mu­nity choir has been given a ‘grand’ start to the fes­tive sea­son.

For Cam­bus­lang and Ruther­glen Rock ‘n’ Pop Cho­rus has been awarded £1000 by the lo­cal area com­mit­tee.

The cash boost will en­able the group – set up in 2011 to bring peo­ple to­gether in song – to buy a dig­i­tal key­board. This new equip­ment will en­hance the live per­for­mances the group un­der­takes across the year.

The 50-strong cho­rus is open to res­i­dents of Cam­bus­lang and Ruther­glen and meets weekly at Ruther­glen Old Parish Church. Here, the tal­ented group re­hearses for a va­ri­ety of per­for­mances across the year in­clud­ing the an­nual Lan­de­mer Day.

Area com­mit­tee chair, Coun­cil­lor Rus­sell Clearie and de­pute chair, Coun­cil­lor Richard Tul­lett, went along to the Ruther­glen Ex­change shop­ping cen­tre at the week­end where the group was en­ter­tain­ing Christ­mas shop­pers as part of the ‘Mu­sic in the Mall’ se­ries. And after hand­ing over the ‘big cheque’ they even sang a few car­ols along with the choir.

Sec­re­tary Kim Jack­son, said: “The event at the week­end was a great way to get into the fes­tive spirit and be­ing pre­sented with the £ 1000 cheque was the ic­ing on the cake.

“This will give us the chance to invest in a key­board and per­form with ‘live ac­com­pa­ni­ment’ rather than to back­ing tracks.

“We are very grate­ful to the area com­mit­tee and de­lighted that the coun­cil­lors came down to watch us per­form.”

Coun­cil­lor Clearie added: “There is a great joy in com­ing to­gether to sing, and the cho­rus pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal peo­ple to do just that. The health and well­be­ing boosts of mu­sic and song are well doc­u­mented and I am de­lighted that the area com­mit­tee has been able to support such ef­fort.”

The cho­rus is keen to start a ju­nior sec­tion in early 2015 and will soon be ad­ver­tis­ing for young peo­ple of pri­mary five age and over who love to sing.

For more in­for­ma­tion on how to ap­ply for a com­mu­nity grant, visit www.south­la­nark­

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