SIX weeks after hundreds of people flocked into Falmouth to catch the annual spectacle that is the Harmony Choir, the money raised on the day was handed over to four local organisations.

With Christmas Eve falling on Sunday last year, the choir took to the streets of the town centre on the Saturday instead, but that did not deter the crowds who, as usual, turned out in force to listen and sing along as the choir made its way from one end of town to the other.

Thanks to the choir members who entertained and the volunteers who carried the collection boxes and drew in the cash, the total amount raised was £1,612.68.

It has been decided that Boscawen Fields Action Group, Falmouth Toy Library, Falmouth Mission to Seafarers and Carrick Mind, were to be the lucky recipients of this year's pay out and representatives from the four organisations attended the choir's presentation evening last week.

Held at Falmouth Bowling Club, the evening included musical entertainment from shanty favourites, The Oggymen, a buffet made up of home-made cakes and sandwiches, and a raffle.

The main reason for the evening, though, was to distribute the money and so the choir's Mike Varney handed over cheques for £400 to each of the organisations.

The choir's performance this year will go back to the traditional date of Christmas Eve and will be its 119th performance.

It was founded in 1900 as the Falmouth Docks Foundry Choir to raise money for the sick and unemployed members of the docks’ workforce at Christmas, but these days it is made up of members of local male voice choirs and raises money for local organisations.