Peter wins national award for his bravery

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A North Shields man has been honoured with a national award for showing tremendous courage and determination since suffering a stroke eight years ago.

Peter Farrow has won the Stroke Association’s Adult Courage Award for over 65s.

The 69-year-old was presented with the honour at the charity’s annual Life After Stroke Awards at a star-studded ceremony at London’s Dorchester Hotel.

Before the stroke, Peter enjoyed a number of hobbies including singing with a highly accomplished choral group.

Despite being left with right sided paralysis and loss of speech, Peter contacted his choir master and was told that he could resume his place in the choir if he could still meet the standard of singing required.

With help from his singing teacher, Peter found that despite not being able to speak, he was not only able to sing but was also pitch perfect.

Peter said: “Singing was such an important part of my life before my stroke and the thought of never being able to be part of the choir again was shattering.

“Returning to singing with the Northern Sinfonia Chorus has been a major stepping stone in my recovery.”