Choirs representing the Western Division of the Police Force won both the senior and junior categories of the constabulary’s annual carolling competition at police headquarters in Kingstown Friday night.
In the senior category, the Western Division’s rendition of ” God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen” in the traditional carol category, and “Ho Ho Ho Jingle Bells” in the creative carols segment, left a chorus of detectives enthralled long enough to allow the Western Division to heist the EC$500 first prize and accompanying trophy.
“Crime Busters”, a choir comprising officers from the Criminal Investigation Unit, the Major Crime Unit and the Criminal Records Office, placed second with “Oh Holy Night” and “My Vincy People”.
Crime busters handcuffed $350 and a trophy.
Police Training School must have realised by now that precision marching onto and off the stage at the beginning and end of their performance might not be as impressive a second year in a row — even though the choir members (police recruits and their instructors) are different.
The group, whose predecessors won the judges’ and patrons’ heart with their highly entertaining “Chiney (Chinese) Santa” last year, fell to third position this year.
“Angels We Have Heard on High” and “Training School Blues” earned them $250 and a trophy.
The other senior choirs and their songs were:
Auxiliary: “The Cherry-Tree Carol” and “Celebrate Christmas”.
Headquarters: “Go Tell It on the Mountain” and “De Canteen Gone”.
Traffic Angels: “Angels We Have Heard on High” and and “Traffic Passing”.
Southeastern: “Angels We Have Heard on High” and “Christmas Spirit”.
Coast Guard: “Do You Hear What I Hear” and “Coast Guard…”
In the junior category of the competition, choirs were required to sing only a traditional carol.
The Western Division also topped that category with its rendition of “Deck The Halls”, earning them $250 and a trophy.
Southwestern was second. They sang “Do You Hear What I Hear?” and won $175 and a trophy.
Central placed third, with “”Jesus Born On This Day”. They won $150 and a trophy.
The other choirs and theirs songs were:
South Central: “Come Let’s Adore Him”
South Rivers: “All I Want For Christmas Is You”
The competition was sponsored by the Police Credit Union.