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'Men of Gloucester': Unique song raises the roof at Kingsholm

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 05, 2014

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Cotswold Male Voice Choir

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You may have heard of Men of Harlech, but fans of Gloucester Rugby have been treated to a unique version of the popular song with the changed name - Men of Gloucester.

The Cotswold Male Voice Choir were at Kingsholm, the home of Gloucester Rugby, on Saturday for the match with Saracens.

A 30-strong group were in good voice as they sang to the gathered masses from 2.30pm to 2.55pm just before kick-off.

Among their arsenal of well-known male voice choir tunes was Men of Gloucester, an especially adapted version of Men of Harlech.

The choir changed the lyrics, and the song was met with a great reaction among supporters.

Choir spokesman John McDonnell said: “They loved it, so much in fact we sang it twice.

“It was a really great experience and we all had a fantastic time.

“The shed were in good voice and they particularly liked the song we changed. I don’t know whether they will adopt it or not, it would be nice to hear it ringing out on a Saturday afternoon though!

“We were positioned in the south corner of the stadium under cover as we didn’t know what the weather was doing, but luckily the rain stayed away.”

The choir sang into microphones and the sound was transmitted through the stadium’s PA system.

“We sang at the ground a few years ago through the old sound system and it wasn’t great to be honest,” added Mr McDonnell.

“But we were really impressed on Saturday, it sounded great.”

Previous attempts at entertainment at the ground has included cheerleaders and music played after a try was scored - both of which were slammed by supporters.

However, the choir seems to have gone done very well among the Cherry and White faithful.

Gloucestershire county councillor Barry Kirby (L, Grange and Kingsway) was at the game.

He said: “I thought the choir was good and made an interesting change.

“I think having a variety of entertainment like that is a really good thing to keep everyone entertained.”

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11 comments

  • Newilldon  |  January 19 2014, 12:50AM

    Harden has class, there is no doubt about that. He is Gloucester's number one tight head by merit.

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  • sam-silent  |  January 19 2014, 12:47AM

    Harden is a superb player and rightly Gloucester Rugby's first choice in the No. 3 shirt.

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  • jasonbennet6  |  January 19 2014, 12:44AM

    Harden is the best tight head at Gloucester by a mile.

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  • TuffIeyRaider  |  January 19 2014, 12:42AM

    Harden is the No.1 tight head at Gloucester!

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  • Newilldon  |  January 19 2014, 12:37AM

    Harden is the number 1 tight head at Gloucester Rugby by a country mile.

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  • sam-silent  |  January 19 2014, 12:34AM

    Harden is TOP RATED! And that is by the man who knows best, the DoR.

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  • TuffIeyRaider  |  January 19 2014, 12:31AM

    Harden owns the number 3 shirt. He has no real competition for it.

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  • Roon77  |  January 08 2014, 11:39PM

    I love the way, week after week, that Rupҽrt Hardҽn plants a great big dollop of egg on the face of the the multi-ID RENT-A-QUOTE troll Walker100b/Django-d/gloslover-not/dumbanddumber20/dopey-lerone/bikeshed etc. (whichever one he thinks he is today). The troll wouldn't know a decent tight-head if he was slapped around the head by one, though he would enjoy the experience immensely.

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  • Conran_Selby  |  January 08 2014, 11:37PM

    A troll is a troll and the multi-ID RENT-A-QUOTE troll Walker100b, who also posts his dull nonsense under the identities of gloslover-not/dumbanddumber20/dopey-lerone, is a clueless Gloucester Rugby and Rupҽrt Hardҽn hating troll who has no idea where Kingsholm is because he doesn't even support Gloucester Rugby, He has no idea about rugby union either as he loves watching wendyball.

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  • StanFromGIaws  |  January 08 2014, 11:33PM

    Laugh at the clueless Gloucester Rugby and Rupҽrt Hardҽn multi-ID RENT-A-QUOTE troll Walker100b. He wouldn't know his ȧrse from his elbow. Harden is a superb player and rightly Gloucester Rugby's first choice in the No. 3 shirt.

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