Singing for MND

Alistair Banks - 'Alistair the Optimist'

Alistair Banks – ‘Alistair the Optimist’

On a Saturday morning in early December, St Peter’s church in Freshford, just southeast of Bath, was packed to overflowing. The attraction? The Freshford Singers’ annual Christmas concert and the knowledge that there would be a collection for the MND Association. Alistair the Optimist (Alistair Banks who died of MND a year ago) was the son-in-law of long-time residents of Freshford and was well known in the village.

It was a wonderful programme of Christmas music from all parts of the world – familiar and totally unfamiliar. Bernard Wright was the conductor and the Reverend Jeremy Wordsworth was the ‘compere’ for the evening. Everything combined to make a very happy and enjoyable start to the Christmas season.

And the collection raised £850!

Hugh Delap.