Parish honours long-serving choir members

Friday October 13th 2017

The Rev Andrew Ker, rector of Templepatrick and Donegore, flanked by long-serving choir members Pat MacKean and Noreen Clendinning, and other members of the choir and Church Wardens. Photo: Alan Walbridge.

The Parish of Templepatrick and Donegore recognised two outstanding choir members at its recent Harvest Festival Service in St Patrick’s Church.

The church celebrated the combined total of 104 years of unbroken service given by Mrs Pat MacKean (54 years) and Mrs Noreen Clendinning (50 years) 

The ladies were presented with framed certificates by the rector, the Rev Andrew Ker, and junior choristers presented flowers.

The four-part parish choir, which is affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music, boasts a number of members who have received the long-term service medal of the RSCM. Inaugurated in 1963 and robed in 1967, the choir has maintained a strong four-part choral tradition throughout its history, a rarity for a small rural parish.

“The parish and choir are delighted to have this opportunity to honour Pat and Noreen. This is an amazing milestone for them both and the choir. They are an inspiration to all of us!” said organist Mrs Pat Maxwell.

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