Wednesday 24 November 7.30pm
Can you imagine being given the opportunity to tour the world for six months, all expenses paid? You’d have to sing for your supper, so to speak. In fact over your time away, you will have sung at 134 concerts on 3 continents, in 55 towns and cities and travelled about 33,000 miles. Over a hundred years ago, for a mostly northern choir, which included 33 talented singers from the north-east, six of them from Heaton, it was the opportunity of a lifetime.
We have written a little bit about the Heaton members on the tour here but
Caroline Roberts will use memorabilia, photographs and diaries to illustrate much more of the story from a Geordie perspective.
Caroline, born and bred in the north-east, has always had an interest in local and family history, encouraged by her parents, long-standing Heaton History Group members, Joyce and Paul Craggs.
After graduating in photography, Caroline worked in Swindon for the Royal Commission on Historic Monuments of England (now Historic England Archive) as a photographer, then picture editor for ten years. She returned north to become a photographer and digitiser of archives at Durham University’s Palace Green Archive. She now lives in rural Co Durham with her husband, Dave.
Booking and Venue
The event will take place on Wednesday 24 November at Heaton Baptist Church, Heaton Road, Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 5HN at 7.30pm.
We will be using the Mundella Terrace entrance. There is on street parking nearby and a car park about five minutes walk away off Jesmond Vale Lane in Heaton Park.
The nearest bus stop is the Number 1 on Second Avenue near the junction with Seventh Avenue. From there it’s a two minute walk to the church. It is about a twelve minute walk from the Coast Road bus stops at the Corner House.
The closest Metro station is Chillingham Road, about twelve minutes walk away.
The doors open at 7.00pm. All welcome. FREE for Heaton History Group members. £2 for non-members. Please book your place by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org / 07443 594154
There is ample room for social distancing at Heaton Baptist Church. The building has very high ceilings and good ventilation. There is even a gallery in which anyone who would prefer to be further apart can sit. Tea and coffee will be available for £1 per cup.
The church still asks everyone to wear masks as a precaution against Covid so we would ask everyone to respect that.
We look forward to seeing old friends and welcoming new members and visitors.