A STAFFORD women’s choir on its way to a Christmas concert was given a surprise escort by police - after being mistaken for a group of footie fans.
Staffordshire Police were due to accompany a group of Chesterfield FC supporters to the Vale ground in Stoke on Trent on Saturday.
But instead a police motorcyclist intercepted two coachloads of ladies from the All Woman choir, clad in pink, who were on their way to a rehearsal and concert at King’s Hall in Stoke.
Choir director Rachel Millar said: “We had two coaches heading from John Wheeldon School to join the choir from Stoke. Off they set, only for me to get a phonecall saying ‘we seem to have been picked up the police who said follow us, do not divert’.
“The police escorted the coaches, with blues and twos, and the choir thought ‘hang on we’re going the wrong direction’. They were gesticulating to the policeman to say they weren’t football fans – they were wearing their All Women T-shirts and I don’t think pink is the football team’s colour
“When they arrived at the Port Vale ground the policeman were mortified to see he had intercepted 90 women.”
The quick-thinking singers saw the funny side however, and entertained the officer with impromptu renditions of You’ll Never Walk Alone and Delilah.
They eventually arrived at their concert rehearsal 40 minutes late, but on time for the packed-out evening show.
The Chesterfield fans, due to meet their police escort at the Darlaston Inn roundabout near Stone, missed the 3pm kick off at Port Vale, Rachel said. But the match ended on a high for them with a 2-0 win against the home side.
A Staffordshire Police spokesperson said: “A police motorcyclist was in the A34 area escorting fans' coaches to Port Vale ahead of the team's home match on Saturday.
“One coach that accepted the offer of an escort was actually on its way to a venue in Stoke town centre and, due to a miscommunication, was taken to Vale Park, a short distance away from the intended destination. Thankfully, the matter was taken in good faith and the coach only suffered a slight delay.”