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The Merrybells choir founder dies

GOODBYE: Sister Eileen Hendricks (left) with her late husband

EVANGELIST EILEEN Hendricks, the founder of leading 1980s choir The Merrybells and widow of the late Pastor ES Hendricks, former Overseer of denomination, Church of God 7th Day (COG7D) has died at 96 years of age.

Born in 1920, Evangelist Hendricks came to the UK in the 1950s after being heavily involved in Christian missions in Jamaica, the island of her birth.

She worked tirelessly in helping to build the Church of God 7th Day across the UK.

The Merrybells Choir, which Evangelist Hendricks founded, brought together vocal talent within the COG7D.
Under her leadership The Merrybells became one of the leading UK gospel choirs during the 1980s and ‘90s. They also performed in France, the USA and Germany.

The Merrybells, known for their lively performances, appeared on numerous TV and radio shows including People Get Ready, The Rock Gospel Show and the BBC's Gospel Train. They were also the first gospel choir to enter the Sainsbury’s Choir of the Year competition and won the title in 1989 with a song written by Evangelist Hendricks called Mighty to Save.

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