THE ROTTEN weather failed to dampen the spirits of concert-goers during two events at Nissan’s Sports and Social Club.
Crowds gathered to enjoy Songs of Praise yesterday.
The event, which included junior and senior sections, featured The Salvation Army Chester-le-Street Corps and was supported by the Sunderland Millfield Corps and Chester-le-Street Churches Together.
On Saturday night, about 200 people defied the rain for Proms in the Park at the club.
The NASUWT Chester-le-Street Riverside Band performed a wide range of classical and contemporary music and even threw in an impromptu rendition of Singing’ in the Rain, to keep the crowd’s spirits up.
Soprano Carole Marnoch sang along with North East vocalist and impressionist Tony Washington, who entertained the crowd as Bobby Thompson, Neil Diamond and Dean Martin.
Among the crowd was 59-year-old Irene Bishop. Originally from Washington, Irene has lived in Western Australia for 30 years.
“I am back because I lost a dear friend and I’m here to see his wife,” she said.
“So it is sad, but it is lovely to be able to come out tonight and enjoy ourselves.
“It has been fantastic. The rain hasn’t put a dampener on things – we were still going to come out.”
* See tomorrow’s Echo for pictures of Proms in the Park.