They sang their hearts out in this musical event in Sunderland to raise cash

It was a challenge to bring music to your ears.

Friday, 5th July 2019, 4:45 pm
Updated Friday, 5th July 2019, 5:45 pm
The sponsored 'hymn-in' at St Matthew's Church, Silksworth.

Thirty-four years ago, these choristers sang for eight hours in a sponsored ‘hymn-in’ event to raise money for church funds.

And at 25 pence a hymn, they must have gathered in a healthy sum for St Matthew’s Church in Silksworth in Sunderland.

The event featured the parish choir, public, as well as guest singers and musicians all with the same aim.

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Pictured taking part in the fundraiser are the vicar, the Rev Stanley Rycroft with his curate the Rev Brian Walton and choristers Claire Johnson, Diane Magog, Emma Jackson, Louise Johnson and Katherine Walton.

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