Musical flowers help to restore old organ

St�Thomas's�Church�Greetland�Flower Festival. Christine and Kelsall Nunn.
St�Thomas's�Church�Greetland�Flower Festival. Christine and Kelsall Nunn.
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A flower show has raised over £1000 after an appeal was been launched to restore Yorkshire’s last organ of its kind and one of the oldest playable organs in the country.

The show was held at the weekend, in conjunction with a musical evening featuring Elland Male Voice Choir and James Kenny playing the organ, together with other musicians of all ages, from as young as 13.

The appeal, launched by St Thomas’s Church Greetland ,has raised a considerable amount so far.

The organ was built in 1868 by Peter Conacher & Co of Huddersfield and it is estimated it will cost in the region on £12,000 to carry out the essential work.

Visitors enjoyed a flowery treat at St Thomas’s Church, Greetland, as the flowers on show were all arranged to coinside with famous musicals, such as Mary Poppins, Cats and Hairspray.

Lilian Walker, assistant for the musical evening said: “It was a good even to raise money for the organ repair.

“Around 200 people visited to see the flowers and the musical evening was a big success with excellent performances.

“The performers kindly dedicated their time for the organ appeal. There was a huge variety of music and something for everybody.

“Everybody was singing at one point during the evening. It was like being at the Royal Albert Hall – but not as big.”

For more information on how to support the organ appeal, contact 01422375771 or email