Army wives’ choir creates a group harmony

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A GROUP of Army wives are starting to hit the high notes with support from the Royal British Legion.

Backed by a £1,000 donation from the Legion, the Wattisham Military Wives Choir has brought together wives and girlfriends from the base to support each other through a shared love of singing.

The choir at Wattisham Flying Station was set up in January by Sally Wilkinson, while her husband Captain Phil Wilkinson was serving in Afghanistan, and was inspired by the success of the BBC series The Choir: Military Wives.

Mrs Wilkinson said: “It has started off a real buzz around the camp and a lot of new friendships have been made.”

Led by choirmaster Michael Dann, the choir, which regularly has 35 singers attend its weekly rehearsals, had its first performance at a function in the officers’ mess earlier this month.

Colin Hawkins, the Legion’s Suffolk county chairman, said: “We’re delighted to support the Wattisham Military Wives’ Choir. Soldiers’ wives suddenly become single parent families when their husbands deploy and the choir is a great way for them to support each other and it sounds fantastic too.”

Wattisham is the home of the Army’s Apache attack helicopter and troops from the base have maintained a permanent deployment in Afghanistan since 2006.