AN award-winning choir from Chester has been honoured by the Queen.
Dee-Sign choir, which won gold at the 2011 Jersey Eisteddfod, will receive The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for volunteer groups, later this year.
The signers will be presented with their award at a ceremony organised by the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire.
Choir director Anne Hesketh said: “The choir members are delighted and very proud to receive the award and are looking forward to the presentation event.”
The award is a double celebration for Anne, as her daughter Lynda’s group PHAB (People Have ABilities) will also receive the award, following a nomination by DIAL House.
Four members of the choir attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace on May 29.
Anne added: “It was difficult to choose who should go, but those with longest service and regular attendance were chosen as their volunteering years between them amounting to 38 years.”
The choir was set up 15 years ago with only ten members, but it has grown to a membership of 67 with a junior section called Dee-Sign Dynamix. It was nominated for the award by Deafness Support Network, a service provider for people who are deaf and deafblind in Cheshire and supported by letters from Chester Women’s Aid and Hearing Dogs for the Deaf.