Singer takes a final bow after 37 years

Shannon Express singer Ray Bylett, left, with club president Ian Russell.
Shannon Express singer Ray Bylett, left, with club president Ian Russell.

A dedicated singer has taken a final bow after more than 37 years.

A milestone in the history of Potton based male a cappella chorus Shannon Express was reached when Ray Bylett retired as the last founder member to sing full time.

Now the choir is extending a welcome to new members.

Ray was part of the group of men who got together to form the chorus and he has been a huge influence over the years.

To mark the occasion, president and fellow founder Ian Russell presented Ray with a spirit decanter engraved with Shannon’s train logo.

Ray said: “It has been a wonderful ride. I have enjoyed every bit of it, but it is time to take a passenger seat and watch the chorus grow and prosper.”

Growing is exactly what the chorus has planned. Thanks to The Naked Choir television series, more people are taking an interest in ‘a cappella’ singing adn this bodes well for Shannon Express which is looking for more members.

They are holding their next recruitment open evening on Thursday, November 12, at Potton Lower School.

Novices and accomplished singers are all welcome. For details call Paul Browne on 07848 972689.