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They say music is the food of love. Well, at the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines, a group of wives and girlfriends are proving just that!

They say music is the food of love.

Well, at the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines, a group of wives and girlfriends are proving just that!

Following the success of the much publised BBC2 television coverage of the military wives choir with Gareth Malone,The Military Wives choir is tipped for a Christmas number one with “Wherever You Are”, a group of Exmouth wives and girlfriends of Royal Marines based at Lympstone have decided to form their own choir.

The Exmouth Journal’s Dave Somerton-Rees went along to a reheasal on Friday night to see just what all the excitment is about.

Samantha Abrahams, one of the original members of the national choir, has been running the La La Military Choir from the centres church. At present the choir has 24 members and, having only been going for three weeks, they sound amazing.

Sam said: “The idea behind it is to have fun it’s not a serious type of choir, ladies can bring their children, who play at the back with loads of toys and noise is not a problem.”

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The ladies might just be having fun but, they sound incredible. Who could guess they’ve only been together three weeks?

Choir member Jo Cowe said: “My husband jokes that I can’t sing, but having just moved to the area its a great way to meet new friends.”

The choir is very inexpensive and, after so little time, they played their first short concert at the Officers’ Mess Christmas Ball and went down a storm.

Paula Mundy from Exmouth added: “It’s good to have some ‘me’ time even if it’s just a couple of hours.”

Sam finished up by saying: “Everyone can benefit from singing, you don’t have to be a great singer, it’s better than going to the gym and you always leave with a smile on your face.”

So, if you are thinking about joining then ask yourself just two questions: Do you love to sing and do you like to have a good laugh? Whether you are second only to Adele or Barbara Streisand or keep your voice hidden behind the shower curtain, you will fit right in at La La. There are no auditions but there is a requirement for a sense of humour!

If you want to see just how good the ladies are, then visit the website: www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and see the fun video of the ladies singing for Christmas and put a smile on your face too!