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Whitecroft Male Voice Choir outside the Memorial Hall.

Whitecroft Male Voice Choir

This picture is of the male voice choir at Whitecroft - on the front row third from right is Harry Preest (with his legs crossed) and second from right is his dad Will Preest. Both from Bowson Square, Bream. The photo was taken outside Whitecroft Memorial Hall. The white building in the background is the end of 'The Row'.

Row 3: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.
Row 2: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Reg Preest, 11, 12, 13.
Row 1: 1 (standing), 2 Fred "Wibble" Phipps?, 3, 4, 5, 6 Harry Harris?, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 Harry Preest, 12 Will Preest 13.

Yvonne Hill added: "... W.R. (Reg) Preest is No.10 in the second row. He sang (bass) with Whitecroft Male Voice Choir before becoming a founder member of Bream Male Voice Choir, so it seems to me that this photo was probably sometime in the 1930s/40s.

Anna Kerr added: ".. we don't know exactly when the picture was taken - only that it was after Uncle Harry (Preest) had come back from the war - best guess would be late 1940s/ early 1950s".

Pauline Ward added: "... Not sure if it is Harry Harris in front row, 6th from left!! Can anyone confirm this?".

Yvonne Hill added (September 2016): "... I think that this photo must have been taken sometime in the 1940`s since Bream Male Voice Choir, was formed around 1948 after the disbanding of the Whitecroft Choir. Many members of the latter joined the Bream Choir which became very successful under the baton of Mrs. 'Cis' Davies. (They even won at Eisteddfods - no mean feat! They also broadcast - and I am wondering if a copy of the record of this survives.......".

Thanks to also to John Wilcox.


Choir members in the Whitecroft Male Voice Choir "subs book" for 1953.

First Tenors: Arnold Hook, Harold Craddock, Don Aston, A, E, Reekes, Don Adams, Bert Brookes, M, Smyth, Cliff Turley.
Second Tenors: Frank L, Wintle, Rex James, Tom Davies, Les Wintle, Jim Wintle, Ronald Pinchin, Jack Porter, Cliff Wintle, Ernest Morse, Stan James.
First Base: Syd Wilding, Harry Harris, Jim Harris, Arch Phipps, Horace Vedmore, Bill James, Idwal Lee, Mervyn Morse, Roy Shingles, Alf Davies, John Evans, Gilbert Charles.
Second Base: Stuart Yeatman, William Ellway, George Robins, Neil Manning, Ray Richards, Bill Lemin, Arthur James (Conductor), E, S, Newport (Pianist)
Courtesy of John Lambert

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