Shoreham group’s Songs of Praise surprise

Shoreham group the Wellington Wailers appeared on Songs of Praise SUS-150630-141954001

Shoreham group the Wellington Wailers appeared on Songs of Praise SUS-150630-141954001

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A SHANTY crew from Shoreham have appeared on the BBC’s Songs of Praise.

The Wellington Wailers were performing at the International Shanty Festival in Falmouth last month when producers from the BBC programme recorded them singing their tunes.

John Charlish, of the ammeter group, was blown away when their performance was broadcast on national television last Sunday.

Speaking to the Herald on Tuesday, he said: “It was quite surreal because we saw that we were being filmed but thought that it was part of the festival’s advertising. Then when we finished we were told it was for Songs of Praise.”

The team of ten Wailers, along with some of their support crew, friends and family, were shown in the clips.

The event was in its 24th year and hosted a range of shanty and sea-related acts who all performed around the historic port.

They were one of a number of groups from across the UK, France and Netherlands taking part in the annual event.

“Fifty-two groups performed at the festival but we were the only ones to make it onto the television,” said a pleased Bill Brown, Bosun of the Wailers. “We had a great time, were well received by the crowds who stopped to see us and this was just a really special addition to our weekend.”

The Wailers are sponsored by Shorehmam’s Duke of Wellington pub, in Brighton Road, and will be performing on July 16 at 8pm.