Glee at club’s launch in Leighton

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Four years after the hit TV show that inspired Glee clubs up and down the country hit our screens, Leighton Buzzard will get its chance to “sing and be happy”.

Glee Club UK, who currently have 10 different locations in the south of England, are ready to welcome members to a new choir at Greenleas School on May 7.

The organisation was started in Bracknell in 2010 by musician Richard Whennell after the popular American series Glee arrived in the UK.

Area manager Dee Thompson said: “When people are singing they are automatically happy. It’s completely social and I think people like that side of it.

“I’ve been to lots of clubs and lessons – it’s a giggle and it’s fun.

“We do social gatherings and people make friends.”

The Leighton Buzzard club is opening alongside another in Bedford. Both choirs will learn the same songs under the direction of Jon-Luke Kirton with a view to performing together for friends and family and, later, the public at festivals and fetes.

Dee added: “We mainly do pop music – anything ranging from the 70s and 80s to songs that have just come out recently.

“They’re all feel-good songs. Sing and be happy!”

The first session, which starts at 7.30pm, is free to 
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