The Daleian Singers are celebrating their Diamond jubilee this year with a concert in Newton Stewart to mark the occasion.

Founded in 1957 in the North Staffordshire mining village of Silverdale, the group of “hand picked” men, mostly from the four Methodist chapels, created the Daleian Singers, rehearsing in a back room at The Vine Inn.

They soon established an excellent reputation for entertaining, but they were also winning numerous awards in competitions.

Today, there are over 60 choristers and they continue to win awards in national and international competitions.

Against a national trend of reducing numbers in male-voice choirs, the Daleians have been growing steadily in the past few years and, among recent younger choristers, can even boast a teenager, proving that choral singing is for all ages.

The choir have in 2015 and 2016 won the annual North Wales Music Festival held in Llandudno for the Male Voice Choir section. They still entertain, raise thousands of pounds for charity and encourage youngsters to perform.

On Sunday May 28, the choir will be joined by Wigtownshire singer Robyn Stapleton on behalf of the League of Friends Newton Stewart Hospital and Community.

The event is also a ‘fringe’ concert of the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival.

They will be performing at Penninghame St Johns Church in Newton Stewart with tickets priced £10 and £5 for anyone under-26.

Tickets are available now from Inspirations in the town, the Riverside Day Centre and Machars Action in Wigtown.