Wimborne Minster STAFF honored a veteran backing vocalist for his 60 years of service.
Born in the city and attending Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar, Jonathan Hiscock joined the Wimborne Minster Choir in November 1961.
The longevity and continued commitment of the choir were recognized during the church’s Remembrance Day service on Sunday, November 14.
Anthony Oliver of Wimborne Minster said: “At the family Eucharistic service on Remembrance Sunday, Jonathan was publicly thanked for all his service over the years.
“The Rector, the Reverend Canon Andrew Rowland, presented him with a certificate specially designed to mark his 60 years of service.
“The churchwarden, Peter Cook, presented him with an engraved decanter and a card with congratulatory messages from colleagues present and past.
“He was then greeted by the gentlemen of the choir with a touching tribute to the tune of ‘Three kings of distant Persian lands’.”
Jonathan served under two vicars and five rectors, six choir directors and a similar number of assistants.
He appeared on two live television shows – Christmas Day in 1973 and the BBC’s Songs of Praise in 1990, as well as a few live and recorded radio programs.