Concert was ‘fitting tribute’ to Ian

Featherstone male voice choir are recruiting new members.'p8772a220
Featherstone male voice choir are recruiting new members.'p8772a220

A concert by Featherstone Male Voice Choir raised more than £1,000 in memory of their former patron Ian Dransfield.

More than 160 people enjoyed the event at Featherstone Methodist Church on Saturday.

It was held in memory of Mr Dransfield, who organised an annual choir concert to raise money for Pontefract’s Prince of Wales Hospice.

Peter Taylor, the choir’s secretary, said: “The concert went extremely well and it was a fitting tribute to Ian.

“The church was absolutely packed out.”

Mr Dransfield, who died of liver cancer in October, ran Dransfield’s newsagents on Station Lane from 1964 to 2002.

He also worked as a firefighter in the town for almost 30 years.

Mr Taylor added: “Gordon Tollefson, chairman of the hospice’s board of trustees, gave a really nice speech about Ian and the songs we performed were ones he liked.

“There were one or two emotional moments on the night but I’m sure he would have been very proud of the total we’ve raised for the hospice. We’re still counting up the exact figure but it is going to be more than £1,000, which is fantastic.”

Mr Taylor added: “The concert will be named after Ian for the next five years. We want to make sure he’s remembered for all he did.”

Mr Dransfield raised £30,000 for the hospice where he was a volunteer and member of the board of trustees.

He became involved with the Halfpenny Lane hospice after his brother Keith, who died in 1999, was cared for there.