Edwina’s social whirl

Edwina Currie with members of Tideswell Choir
Edwina Currie with members of Tideswell Choir
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Former MP Edwina Currie is looking forward to Christmas after a social whirl of a weekend.

As one of the contestants in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing, she was invited to perform in the final in Blackpool on Saturday.

The following evening she attended a concert in Chesterfield in her first official engagement as president of Tideswell Male Voice Choir.

Edwina said: “Strictly is now over for another year but 2011 was a record-breaking series, and I was delighted to be a small part of it.

“Like the concert, it had great live music and wonderful people giving their utmost for our pleasure.”

Sunday’s concert included performances from Sir Richard Arkwright’s Masson Mills Band, pop trio Tilly and a combined choir of pupils from South Darley C of E Primary School and Dunston Primary and Nursery School.

Edwina described the concert as a wonderful evening. “The music was great, the sound from the band marvellous, the children’s choir a delight, Tilly superb and of course Tideswell Male Voice Choir at their finest.

“I am very proud to be the choir’s new president. I am looking forward to the French trip in May, when Tideswell Male Voice Choir will be performing live in front of French audiences.

My husband, John Jones, and I are hoping to go with them as I speak a bit of French. I may get to do the introductions. I’ve suggested at least one French standard they could tackle - but shan’t say which, you’ll have to wait and see.”

In a festive message to Derbyshire Times readers, she added: “I wish everyone a happy Christmas and pray for a prosperous and peaceful year in 2012.”