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Terry Waite and the Warrington Male Voice Choir At Rushen Abbey 11 July 2005

    On Sunday 24th July 2005, Manx National Heritage and Churches Together in Mann will host a special open air ecumenical Songs of Praise service in the grounds of Rushen Abbey at 2.30pm.

    This year Manx National Heritage is again inviting worshippers to join them for the open air Songs of Praise service, which will have a theme of ‘Peace and Reconciliation’ and will be attended by special guests including the Warrington Male Voice Choir and their patron Terry Waite CBE.

    Peddyr Cubberley, Area Site Manager for Manx National Heritage said:

    “Manx National Heritage is looking forward to welcoming worshippers to this year’s open air service at Rushen Abbey and we are especially delighted to be welcoming Terry Waite and The Warrington Male Voice Choir”.

    The Warrington Male Voice Choir is one of Britain’s oldest choirs and traces its formation back to 1898. During its long history the choir has performed in many famous concert halls and cathedrals throughout Great Britain, Ireland, Europe and Canada. The choir has taken premier honours at all the principal music festivals in the North of England and, during the past decade, has demonstrated its choral quality and consistency by outstanding success in national and international competition.

    Since the IRA terrorist bombing of Warrington Town Centre in 1993, the choir has been particularly active in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, promoting reconciliation and an end to sectarian violence. Close links have been forged with Irish peace groups and choir events have come to symbolise hope, raising expectations, strengthening faith and reaching across divisions.

    Messages of appreciation have been received from two Irish Presidents, from two British Prime Ministers, from President Bill Clinton, and from the Primate of All Ireland. The choir has encouraged ‘grass roots’ reconciliation activities with young people in the divided interface areas of West Belfast through its Warrington Fund, and is known in Ireland as a ‘Choir for Peace’.

    The open air Songs of Praise Service at Rushen Abbey commences at 2.30pm and everyone is welcome to attend the service. The audience is invited to bring seating or a blanket for their own comfort.

    Rushen Abbey is part of the award-winning Story of Mann and is open throughout the summer until October 2005.

    11th July 2005

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