Choir Donation to Solomon Browne & Union Star Memorial Project
Wednesday 2nd March, 2022 - 10:19am
the choir’s usual Monday evening practice on 28th February, we took the
opportunity to invite along Martin Brockman and Jo Payne from the
Solomon Browne Memorial Fund, and presented them with a cheque for
£1,000 towards creating a permanent commemoration of the loss of the
lifeboat and the Union Star 40 years ago. Martin’s and Jo’s fathers were
among the crew of the Solomon Browne.
choir and the lifeboat both go a long way back in the history of
Mousehole. Over the years we’ve sung at many of the annual services of
blessing for the Penlee lifeboat and her crew, and will do so again on
14th August this year. Some past crew members have also been choir
members - including Nigel Brockman, as Martin reminded us.
Pender, the choir’s chairman in his address, mentioned that there are
still several men who were with the choir in 1981, and we took part in
some of the memorial services held at that time. One of the most
memorable services was in Bristol with a dozen Welsh choirs in January
1982. Jon said that there will never be a more emotional occasion than
when the choir sang, on our own and unaccompanied, “Sunset and Evening
accepting the cheque, Martin Brockman said that our donation will help
provide and maintain a lasting memorial to the people on the Solomon
Browne and the Union Star, so that future generations will continue to
know about and honour their loss and sacrifice.
been a tradition for us to give the money raised at our Christmas carol
concert in Paul Church to local charities. It was a great pleasure for
us to put on this event again in 2021, to a limited but enthusiastic
audience whose generosity allowed us to make this donation to such a
worthwhile cause with close connections to our own community. Thank you
One And All!