Hundreds of singers brought sunshine into an overcast day in Huddersfield when they came together to take part in the 141st Longwood Sing.

Around 200 people hit the right notes at Nab End tower to celebrate the biggest event in the village’s calendar.

Toddlers to the over nineties all played their part in performing a selection of rousing hymns, which were accompanied by a stellar set from the Golcar Band.

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The singers included 92-year-old sing veteran, Fran Hopkin, who has taken the event into her heart since moving from Morpeth over 50 years ago.

She said: “It makes me really pleased to be part of this community and I think it’s great that so many people have come to sing their hearts out in the woodland.”

Sing regulars, the Outlane Singers and youngsters from Crow Lane Primary School had a starring role on the afternoon in the packed-out amphitheatre, regaling the crowds with renditions of songs such as And The Glory and joining in with classics, Whole World in His Hands and Jerusalem.

The community fundraising event this year held a fitting tribute to this year’s World War One centenary commemorations, by raising money for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

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Two special guests were given pride of place at the Sing. They were Gemma Frampton and Margaret Charlesworth, the mother and sister of fallen soldier Anton Frampton, who was killed in 2012 by an Afghanistan bomb.

Margaret said: “We come along every year and Anton used to play on these steps when he was young, so it’s a very special place for us.

“We’re very impressed that this year they are fundraising for the Poppy appeal, which is obviously very close to our hearts.”

Other well-known faces present included the Kirklees Mayor and Mayoress, Ken and Christine Smith and Colne Valley MP, Jason McCartney.

One of the Sing’s organisers, Charles Ross, said: “I’m very impresesed with the turn out.

“We’re just proud that the community has something so positive to focus on each year that really unites people from all walks of life.

“We are always at the mercy of the weather and luckily our hopes have been listened to.

“I think it’s a real triumph that the Sing has gone ahead without fail for 141 years, not even stopping during wartime.

“It’s a wonderful tradition and the fundraising element is fantastic-if we can help members of our own community in some way. which this year’s British Legion appeal will do, then it’s a success in all our eyes.”