WOMBWELL Operatic Society have claimed a national first – by being the only amateur operatic society to be awarded a Duke of York Community Initiative award.
The singing group have won the prestigious accolade for their hard work in transforming their George Street base into an Operatic Centre for the whole community.
And as a reward, they now have a date with Prince Andrew to collect their gong – and they will be getting a special plaque to commemorate their achievements.
The Society’s Les Smith, told the Times: “It’s brilliant news. We’ve been told we are the only Amateur Operatic Society to ever receive this award.
“The award has been a long-time coming. We were nominated for it over a year ago, and have been visited by members of the Awards committee.
“We’ve also had super support from the local community. It was great to finally get the letter saying we had won.”
The Society’s next performance will be kids’ musical Bugsy Malone.
The Youth Section’s version of the kids’ musical about 1920s gangsters runs from June 9-11.
Shows start at 7pm, with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.