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Pulling out the stops at Fakenham

PUBLISHED: 16:23 22 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:04 22 October 2010

RICHARD PARR

An organ which has played for countless services, weddings and funerals over its 80 year lifetime in a Norfolk town church is to be given a major overhaul.

An organ which has played for countless services, weddings and funerals over its 80 year lifetime in a Norfolk town church is to be given a major overhaul.

It will be the first time in two decades that the magnificent three manual organ at Fakenham Parish Church has been restored and a £15,000 appeal has been launched.

The appeal has been given an early boost with a pledge of £5,000 from Tesco, which is opening its new store in the town next month, and a further £1,000 from church Patrons Trinity College, Cambridge. The appeal funds now stands at more than £7,000.

The funds will be further boosted next Thursday when Fakenham Town Band performs a concert in aid of the organ appeal fund.

Rector, the Rev Adrian Bell, said the organ is well used throughout the year for regular worship and for family occasions including weddings and funerals as well as special occasion and school services.

"Most people in the town will have heard the organ being played at some time and we are appealing to the church members and wider community for help in meeting the costs of restoration. Every donation, large or small, will be acknowledged and will be greatly appreciated," he said.

Donations can be sent to The Organ Fund, the Parish Office, Gladstone Road, Fakenham, NR21 9BZ.


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