Quirky and funny stories in the Dunstable area

Dunstable Rock Choir leader Pippa Gearing
Dunstable Rock Choir leader Pippa Gearing

Here’s a wake-up call for the snorers among you. You know who you are!

Dunstable Rock Choir tells me that scientific research shows that singing can help tone down snoring

And the word is that joining a choir can also help boost mental health and well-being.

Pippa Gearing, leader of the Dunstable choir, explains: “Singing helps to exercise and strengthen muscles in the soft palate, which is where the snoring vibration occurs.

“A study carried out by the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust found preliminary evidence that regular singing exercises may benefit people who snore.

“This prompted us to ask Rock Choir members whether they or their partners had noticed any improvements in their snoring since joining.

“Over 10 per cent of respondents said ‘yes’.

“We’re always receiving emails and letters from choir members telling us how much being in Rock Choir is helping them to feel happier, increase their confidence and even lose weight. So this is yet another bonus!”

There are Rock Choir groups around the country, of course.

A singer from one of the choirs said: “Apparently, my snoring is now quieter.

“My husband says I’ve gone from a tank to a motorbike!”

Now there is talk of choristers with snoring partners trying to get them to join in the singing, too.

Pippa said: “They can even try a free taster session first.

“I can’t guarantee they’ll stop snoring, but I can say that they’ll have a great time singing.”

She says singing in the choir boosts self-confidence and well-being.

“It’s a great way of letting off steam and enjoying some time out each week,” she said.

If you’d like to get in touch, call the team on 01252 714 276 or check out www.rockchoir.com.

The Dunstable choir gets together from 7.30pm-9pm on Tuesdays at Ardley Hill Academy, Lowther Road.

All I can say is, when it comes to promoting the benefits of singing, you won’t catch the Dunstable choir napping!

Fascinating facts of the week came from the Institute of Advanced Motorists.

The road safety charity tells me there are 195 UK driving licence holders aged 100-plus. Yikes.

There are 1,101,779 drivers aged 80-plus; 4,068,498 aged 70-plus; and the number of motorists aged 65-plus reached 7,191,192 in November.

That’s all based on DVLA driving licence data released in December.

But 42-year-olds are the most likely to have points on their licences.

The charity says its own research shows older drivers are actually safer than many other motorists.

It says that where older drivers have slower reaction times, they drive more slowly and they leave more space between themselves and other road users.

Hmm. So when it comes to driving, it looks like older really is wiser...

Are you all set for Global Belly Laugh Day? It’s on Friday, January 24 this year.

Ideally, you’re meant to throw your arms up in the air and laugh out loud at 1.24pm.

But being British, maybe you could just crack a few jokes.

You’re sure to feel s-miles better!