Choir leader gives his final bow after half a century

Veteran member of 54 years of Shiney Row Male Voice Choir (left), Bobby Jobson, was joined by some of his choir colleagues for a presentation to mark his retirement from the choir. Pictured with Bobby are Mike McGrory, John Hobson, Ron Bell, Jim Hobson, Ron Wilson and Richard Penman.
Veteran member of 54 years of Shiney Row Male Voice Choir (left), Bobby Jobson, was joined by some of his choir colleagues for a presentation to mark his retirement from the choir. Pictured with Bobby are Mike McGrory, John Hobson, Ron Bell, Jim Hobson, Ron Wilson and Richard Penman.
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A CHOIR chief has sung his last verse after more than five decades.

Bobby Jobson spent 33 of his 53 years with Shiney Row Male Voice Choir as its chairman, leading its members at its concerts.

Now, at the age of 89, he has decided to step down, with his fellow singers paying thanks for his years of dedication.

Bobby, from Silksworth, also performed as its soloist and top tenor.

Ron Wilson, the choir’s secretary, said: “The chairman has a big responsibility and is the person who presents the choir as it takes part in charity events and other organised events.

“Bobby can walk into a room and it would be lifted and would bring a smile.

“A top tenor is an important part of the choir, they come along in the melody and harmony.

“You don’t realise how much you will miss someone until they’re gone, and he’s very much missed from the choir.”

As part of a celebration to mark Bobby’s time with their group, which is based at Trinity Methodist Church in Chester Road, Shiney Row, the group listened to a recording made of him singing Lily of the Valley in 1960.

The Christmas concert festivities will be followed by a evening to mark his retirement in February next year.

Mike McGrory has taken on the responsibility of the post which Bobby left vacant by his retirement. Concerts featuring the 50-strong choir, which also performs at the Sunderland Citizenship ceremonies at the Civic Centre, have backed a host of charities in recent months, including a North East food bank.