A CRADLEY Heath choir has called it a day after more than a century of raising the roof.

Cradley Heath Male Voice Choir raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for local charities during its 112 years.

Choir spokesman Eddie Nicholls said: "With only 16 choristers it was thought we would struggle to maintain our quality and sound if any members were ill or could not attend a concert.

"Our final concert was at St. Benedict Biscop in September, which was part of the Wombourne Music Festival.

"The choir presented a 'Last Night of the Proms' which the near capacity audience appreciated and gave tremendous applause.

"Male voice choirs are sadly in decline generally.

"A great pity as choirs like ours have given enormous enjoyment to both their members and their audiences."

The choir was formed in February 1912 at the Whitley Memorial Schools, Cradley Heath.

It gave its first public performance as the Cradley Heath, Old Hill and District Male Voice Choir.

The early years saw the choir compete and win prizes in many singing competitions.

The choir was donating its remaining funds to charities in the Black Country and was set to hold a a celebration meal for members and their partners.

Members' uniforms are being donated to a male choir in Nottingham.

A book of the choirs 112 year history is in print.  If anyone would like one they can contact Eddie on eddienicholls1@gmail.com