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New rose to commemorate Choir anniversary

A SPECIAL rose has been created – to mark a choir’s 75th anniversary.

Honley Male Voice Choir are now the proud “parents” of a beautiful primrose-coloured rose that is unique to them.

The Choir rose has been developed by choir member Ronnie Rawlins, an expert rose grower, who has bred many  roses over the years.

Ronnie, who joined the choir’s baritone section in January, has come up with a primrose-coloured rose that turns pink as it ages and has the perfume of grapefruit.

 Plants will go on sale to choir members, supporters and members of the public.

The number is limited in the first year, but there are plans to grow more for coming years.

Ronnie, who is also a keen water colour painter and ran his own dancing school in Huddersfield during the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, said: “ I thought it would be a nice way to commemorate the anniversary and at the same time raise a bit of cash for the choir.

“The plant will flower each year for 40 years and so will be a permanent reminder of the choir.”

He added, “It would have been wonderful if I could produce a rose in the choir’s colours of blue and gold but as yet no-one has been able to introduce the blue pigment which is missing from the rose make-up

Ronnie, who has an allotment near his home in Fixby, crossed two different roses together and when the seeds ripened they were sown.

By June only a few were in flower and from them Ronnie selected the best for trial.

It was from this batch that the HMVC rose was chosen and from this plant between 80 and 90 have been grafted.

These will be available to choir members, friends, supporters and the general public later this year.

If further plants are needed they will be ready for the following year.

The rose has now been registered with the American Rose Society, which is the registration authority for the whole world.

To find out how you can order a rose you can telephone the choir’s public relations officer Stan Solomons on 01484 427680 or the choir’s general secretary Steve Hepworth on 01484 608963.

The Choir is based in the village of Honley which is on the outskirts of  Huddersfield. West Yorkshire.

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