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David Eyre

It is with sadness that we report the death, on 13 November,2016 of former choir member and Musical Director, David Eyre at the age of 80 yrs.

David had been a long serving and devoted member for some 33 years , having joined in 1976 as a 2nd tenor. He served on the choir committee and for many years  was  a member of the ‘8 pints and a Snowball’, a small group within the choir  who, under the leadership of Anne, gave their time between concerts to entertain at the smaller venues such as care homes and hospitals.

In 1997 he was appointed Musical Director and served for 12 years, finally retiring in 2009.

Professionally, David was a well- respected local business man in the sale of leather goods, for many years operating from his shop in Babington Lane, Derby, and latterly working in the same line for an international company . He was responsible for supplying the choir with the leather music cases which are still in use today. 

At David’s funeral service, held on the 6 December,at  All Saints Church, Mickleover, a large contingent from the choir was joined by several former members and at the family’s request sang ‘Softly as I leave you’ and ‘Stout Hearted Men’ to a packed church. The service also included congregational hymns ‘Jerusalem’ and ‘Amazing Grace’ lead by the choir. The eulogy, read out by the Revd. Peter Walley, gave reference to David’s many years commitment to the police choir and to his lifelong service to church music. A picture of David in his Musical Director uniform was displayed on the front of the Order of Service with more photographs included in a ‘slide show’ at the gathering of friends and family afterwards at the Great Northern pub. 

Len Briddon.

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