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Sheffield singers take Welsh choir title
Members of the Worrall Male Voice Choir
The choir sang in front of around 700 people
A small choir from Sheffield has been named the best male voice choir in Wales.

The unusual honour came after the Worrall Male Voice Choir travelled to compete against the best songsters in Wales.

The South Yorkshire choir so impressed the judges at the Newport, south-east Wales, competition they have been named Welsh Choir of the Year by the Welsh Association of Male Choirs.

The Tykes beat off stiff competition from nine home-grown Welsh choirs on Saturday to secure a 1,000 cheque and trophy.

The Sheffield choir had been invited to compete in the event because they are an associate group of the organisation.

Keith Hoyland, Secretary of the Worrall choir told BBC News Online: "We're elated, it's a tremendous success for the choir to win this national competition."

We're elated - it's a tremendous success for the choir to win this national competition
Keith Hoyland, Secretary of Worrall Male Voice Choir
And added: "The Welsh were very appreciative of our performance, even before the announcement members of other choirs came up and said they thought we were in with a chance of winning."

General Secretary of the Welsh Association of Male Choirs John Layton Watkins said: " The Worrall Choir sang exceptionally well, when the decision was announced everybody applauded and there were no bad feelings."

The Worrall Choir was the smallest of those competing with around 30 men while some of the other choirs had double that figure.

The Sheffield group were drawn to sing ninth of the ten teams, meaning the auditorium at Newport City Live Arena was holding around 700 people when they took to the stage.

The choir has raised 2,700 for BBC Radio Sheffield's Bluebell Wood Hospice Appeal.

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