Dennis Nutton: 25 marvellous years
This month, Dennis Nutton
, is celebrating 25 years with the Choir. Presented by Choir Chaplain, John Radcliffe
, with a long-service badge at a recent rehearsal, Dennis told VotV he didn’t really regard it as much of an achievement.
“I came in the same year as Thom Meredith arrived and he is so easy-going and patient, rehearsals and concerts are just no hardship. The years tick over but the pleasure remains."
“I’d been a first tenor with another choir for a few years beforehand.” said Dennis. “But let’s say there were ‘artistic differences’ so I’d given it up. At that time I was a governor at Beech School in Golcar along with Raymond Ellis
, and Raymond was always urging me to join Colne Valley. Also I worked quite a bit with Wilf Hansom
– we were both in the plumbing and heating trade – and he too was keen for me to sign up.
So I got persuaded to come along to a rehearsal. I thought I’d just sit at the back and have a listen but Wilf grabbed me and said ‘you’ll sit here alongside me in the first tenors’ and I’ve never looked back.
It’s just magic when the audience responds to our performance. When they enjoy it it’s the best feeling. Our Christmas concert at the Town Hall
and the even more relaxed one after in Marsden
after are probably the highlights of my Choir year. Though, I do look back with pride to our victories at Llangollen
Now troubled a bit by a bad back, Dennis is a sprightly 78, enjoying gardening, golf and grand-children.
Well done Dennis! We wish him many more happy years performing with the Choir.
Dennis’ Gardening Tip
Take two good bulbs of garlic, skin them and crush them.
Add a pint of boiling water and let it steep for a couple of days.
Then filter and bottle the mixture.
Diluted 10 to 1 this make an excellent spray for your vegetable garden.
Spray it on your carrots and you’ll be free of root fly and other pests.
"I swear by it," says Gardener Dennis.