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Roger Whitehouse

First tenor Roger is shown below with his wife Pat.

I was born in Huddersfield, West Riding of Yorkshire and went to the same infants and secondary modern schools as Pat, my wife of 44years - although she was far too grand to take notice of a spotty oik like me at the time. Eventually she gave in and married me, she was 19 and I was 20, just bits of kids!

We moved to Sherston in 1966. To us it was a great adventure, but my father thought I was emigrating to the other side of the moon. He had never been outside his beloved Yorkshire, and was sure that he wouldn't see me again.

I've worked all my life in the building trade as a mason (if I'm trying to impress) but I earned my living as a bricklayer. I sometimes think I haven't progressed much as I am still doing the same job 49 years later. The truth is, I can't think of anything I would rather do.

Pat and I are very blessed to have three children (children!! 42, 40, and 35!) and five grandchildren who all live within 100 yards of us! We are both involved with our local church and for 12 years we were totally committed to Operation Christmas Child, with both of us spending time in the orphanages of Eastern Europe. We still give support where we can.

My musical background doesn't extend beyond being a boy chorister - but being a true Yorkshire man, Christmas wouldn't be the same without singing or going to a performance of Handel's 'Messiah'. In fact, my greatest musical moment was sitting under that great organ at the Royal Albert Hall singing in a chorus of 6,000 voices and thinking "... if only my mother could see me now".

Singing in a choir really is the greatest stress buster of all, and I have Bob Jones to thank for that. His enthusiasm and charisma is an inspiration to us all.

I said at my daughter's 40th birthday to all her friends "If you only do two things in your life: number one = do something for a child in need; and number two = join a choir. Both of them will change your life for the better.