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Choir hits the high notes with "Giraffe Malone" brooches
YORK’S Military Wives choir have been decorated with their own ‘medals’, thanks to the handiwork of craftworkers in the city.
The choir and the York School of Jewellery teamed up to create specially-designed brooches, in honour of the founder of the choir and their mascot.
Sarah Saunders, from the choir, said: “Allison West, one of our lovely co ordinators, had the idea to somehow make brooches for the choir in the form of a giraffe.
“The task of producing the brooches was soon eagerly taken up by York School of Jewellery and after some careful designing and very hard work on their part they have finally come up with our amazing brooches, cast in solid silver.”
The badge design is to incorporate the choir’s mascot “Giraffe Malone”, named after the the Military Wives Choirs patron, Gareth Malone.
Once the brooches were cast, members of the choir worked alongside the school of jewellery to attach ribbon to the metal, so they looked like military medals, and were very pleased with the results.
Sarah said: “We’re absolutely pleased with how they’ve turned out. They look great on our dresses as well, we’ve done a couple of preformances with them on and they just look stunning.
“They made 40 in total, we have about 25 ladies at the moment, and we’re hoping to get some more recruits soon so they can have one. We’re also going to be getting on to Gareth at some point soon. I think he knows about them, but we don’t know what he thinks yet.”
Any women who live in York and have a connection to the military and wish to join the Military Wives Choir should email York@militarywiveschoiryork.org or search for them on Twitter or Facebook.
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