A Welshman whose alter-ego sports one of the most beautiful mustaches ever seen is the new patron of a Pembrokeshire choir.
Opera singer and entertainer Wynne Evans – known for his role in Go Compare commercials – has just been welcomed as patron of the Tenby Male Choir.
He succeeds another popular broadcaster, Roy Noble, who retired after 35 years of service.
The choir’s ‘changing of the guard’ came as it capped off its successful summer season with a gala concert at St Mary’s Church, Tenby, featuring Serendipity Ladies Choir.
Roy had previously told the choir members: “It is with deep sadness, tinged with reality and common sense, that I have decided to step down as president of the choir.
“I have always enjoyed and felt privileged to be your President and I sincerely thank you for these years of being so warm and welcoming each time my wife Elaine and I joined you.
“Now that we are slowly coming out of the pandemic, I feel that the choir has a real opportunity for a new impetus and a chance to have a new profile and a new position. I am sure that a new president will provide the driving force behind this momentum.
Among Roy’s parting gifts was a photo of the Tudor merchant house in Tenby, where his grandfather grew up. He welcomed Wynne Evans into the role and presented him with a Tenby Male Choir tie.
Wynne, who is from Carmarthen and a frequent visitor to the Tenby area, told the choir he was “honored and delighted” to accept the offer of his chairmanship.
A spokesperson for the choir said: “Tenby Male Choir looks forward to many years of working with Wynne as our choir rebuilds in size and ambition after the challenges of recent years.”
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The choir – which banded together for practices when Covid restrictions were lifted in July 2021 – started performing and fundraising again in May, holding 16 concerts and singing at several private events.
Thousands of pounds have been collected for causes including DEC Ukraine Appeal, Save the Children, Cancer Research Wales, Tenovus Cancer Care, RNLI, Penally Village and Tenby Scout & Guides Halls, as well as St Mary’s and St Johns Churches .
The concerts also featured a number of talented young local musicians.