Last founder of Welwyn Garden City choir dies

TRIBUTES have been paid to the last surviving founding member of an historic WGC choir, who has died at the age of 97.

Members of the WGC Male Voice Choir were this week mourning the loss of Glyn Weaver, the last remaining member to have sung at the choir’s inaugural concert, who died on February 14.

Born in Wales in 1913, Mr Weaver, pictured right, moved to London in the early 1930s, having worked as a miner as a boy.

He moved to WGC with work later that same decade, and along with a group of fellow Welshmen, formed the choir on September 5, 1935.

Mr Weaver sang bass at the choir’s inaugural concert at the Peartree Clubhouse on November 24, 1935, and continued to sing with the group before retiring in 1989.

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At his funeral on Thursday, held at Harwood Park Crematorium in Knebworth, around 20 current members of the choir performed in his memory.

Former choir chairman Howell Watkins, who sang with Mr Weaver and is still a serving member of the group, paid tribute to a man he described as “a patriotic Welshman and stalwart of the choir”.

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“I knew Glyn for 50 years,” Mr Watkins said. “He was a wonderful man, very friendly, and he took me under his wing when I came to England from Wales.

“He was a patriotic Welshman and a stalwart of the choir. He never missed a rehearsal.”

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