Posted: Mon 29th Aug 2011

Fron Choir Weathers New York Storm for people living in or visiting the wrexham area
This article is old - Published: Monday, Aug 29th, 2011

Members of the Fron Male Voice Choir arrive in New York before Hurricane Irene hit the city. Photo credit: Gareth Wyn Williams.

Members of the Froncysyllte Male Voice Choir got more than they bargained for on a tour of New York as they got caught up in Hurricane Irene.

The choir whose Voices of the Valleys album was a big chart success were due to fly home from the city today yesterday.

However they were forced to delay their travel plans as Hurricane Irene got closer to the Big Apple.

New York was hit relatively lightly compared to other parts of America where the hurricane claimed 11 lives, but flooding affected certain parts of the city and all transport, including the subway was shut down.

The Fron used Twitter to let family and friends know that they were ok, but seemed largely unphased by the storm. One comment on the @FronMVC account said “the choristers that did the WST (Wrexham Supporters Trust) sponsored walk to the top of Snowdon say that the NYC storm is nothing compared to that.”

In another tweet they observed “Very strange around the streets of NYC. Subway stations closed very little traffic very few people and car parks empty.”

The Fron also took time to give an impromptu concert to stranded visitors from the likes of Canada and Spain.

As the skies across New York cleared up today, two groups of choir members were able to return home from JFK to Manchester Airport with the rest expected to fly from La Guardia on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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