Despite being fun, it was inevitably tiring work for the singers, with huge logistical planning for the tours, as well as practices for the songs themselves, not to mention the dresses which were all hand-sewn by the group, mainly by the group’s matriarch Dulcie McKie, (who even had a representative role for the combined group on the NZAD Council in 1983-84, such was their popularity and influence at the time). Eventually it was time to end the group, after a decade of extraordinary success.
Group leader Dulcie McKie reflects on the experience:
“Sadly, we had to let things go. Time and time again the Sign Singers call back memories of the wonderful times we had. Sometimes when we were tired we would just soldier on, but when we began to ‘sing’ all the tiredness just disappeared and the felling of joy was great. The good old days!
“I hope that because of our efforts the Deaf of the future will have a more understanding world in which to live and that more hearing people will involve themselves by becoming interpreters”. – Source: Talking Hands, Listening Eyes.