70 years as an organist

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undefinedChristine Jones, 82, of Bessancourt, Holmes Chapel, will have completed 70 full years of service as a church organist on Sunday 8 June next year. There will be a party to celebrate her achievement after the main morning service at St Luke's Church, Holmes Chapel, on that day.

Christine has been playing at St Luke’s for 24 years. Before that she played at Goostrey Methodist Church, and at Wilmslow United Reformed Church. She first began playing the organ at a village church (Keyingham) near her native Hull, East Yorkshire.

Shortly before Christine is due to celebrate her 70 years she will play the organ at Chester Cathedral in the early summer of 2014. She previously gave a performance at the cathedral in 2009 to mark her 65th anniversary of being an organist.

And back in May 2013 Christine played for 14 hours non-stop to raise funds for Barnabas – a Manchester-based Christian charity for the homeless and vulnerable. Before she retired, she was a professional music teacher and choir conductor.

Christine is pictured above