Town medal presented to rugby club’s choir in Langon

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A passion for singing and rugby was shared last week when Linlithgow Rugby Club’s male voice choir visited Langon in France.

A passion for singing and rugby was shared last week when Linlithgow Rugby Club’s male voice choir visited Langon in France.

The French club’s male voice choir – Les Choeur Des Rugueux – had organised a fantastic programme for the visitors, including trips to the vineyards of Sauternes and dinners in the evenings that featured a wonderful variety of local food and wines.

However, the highlight was, undoubtedly, the sell-out concert for an audience of 500 in the beautiful church of Saint-Gervais, at the end of which both choirs received a standing ovation.

The choir was also honoured by a formal reception and presentation of the Town Medal by Mayor Philippe Plagnol.

In return the mayor was presented with a framed photograph of Linlithgow Palace, which will be hung in the town’s Council Chambers.

Chris Thomas, president of Linlithgow RFC Male Voice Choir, said: “We have had several very enjoyable overseas tours in the past but this is the first time that we have effectively twinned with another choir.

“And, I have to say, that the whole experience was hugely successful.

“The welcome could not have been warmer, the hospitality was truly outstanding and it was a real thrill to take part in the joint concert.

“We are hoping there will be a return visit in 2015 when we will take great pleasure in welcoming Les Choeur Des Rugueux and their supporters to Linlithgow.”

The choir is planning to repeat the twinning experience in September next year, with a visit to Dordrecht in Holland.

To find out more about Linlithgow RFC Male Voice choir call Chris on 07823 884802.

The choir’s next performance in Linlithgow will be on Friday, December 12, at St Ninian’s Craigmailen Church – a carol service to raise funds for St Michael’s Day Care Centre.

For tickets for the concert, call 01506 843524.