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Local singer says farewell after 20 years A local singer is saying farewell to the singing group he has been a member of for two decades. Hubert Cliff, 84, has been singing with the Kilbirnie Community Singers for the last 20 years. However, he and his wife are now making the move to Titahi Bay and Wednesday was his last time performing with the group. The small group of a dozen or so locals, meets every Wednes-

day afternoon at the Kilbirnie Community Centre, where they practice a mix of songs. They then travel to retirement homes around the Wellington region and perform to residents. The Miramar resident says he is devastated to be leaving the group. “It’s awful, I have loved it. I have really enjoyed it getting the chance to sing new tunes and it has been interesting learning

new songs. They are great people and great friends. We got on really well together.” Hubert says he especially loves singing because it is an “expression of the soul”. “It really invigorates you and makes you feel good. It lifts you up, that’s how everyone feels when they express themselves in song.” Despite the fact he’s leaving, Hubert is appealing for new


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members to come and join. T h e g r oup m e et s eve r y Wednesday from 1.30pm at the Kilbirnie Community Centre and new members can show up on the day. SINGING: Miramar resident Hubert Cliff will say goodbye to friends amongst the Kilbirnie Community Singers after spending the last 20 years as part of the group.

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