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Langbaurgh Theatre Organ Society Press Release

Posted: Sunday 8th August

After a number of years of concern and uncertainty, regarding the future of the vintage "Eston WurliTzer", installed in the James Finegan Municipal Hall at Eston, plans are now in place to safeguard the continued preservation of this historic musical wonder.

For over 30 years, the WurliTzer has been owned and lovingly cared for by the Langbaurgh Theatre Organ Society, who first installed the organ in Redcar's Pier Ballroom, before having to move it to the James Finegan Hall at Eston shortly after, due to the unsafe structural condition of the Pier. Regular Concerts have been presented, by the Society over the years, many having been performed by some of this Country's most popular Theatre Organists.

Concern about the future of the "Eston WurliTzer has been raised on a number of occasions; however, following a period of negotiations, the continued operation and installation of the WurliTzer is now more settled.

Former North Pier and Blackpool Tower Organist - Kevin Grunill stepped forward with an offer which enables the WurliTzer to remain at Eston, so that it can continue to be enjoyed by its regular listeners at monthly Concerts. Kevin is no stranger to this kind of instrument, having already rescued and restored several other notable installations, in addition to performing at numerous Concert and dance events throughout the Country.

Langbaurgh Theatre Organ Society will continue to present Concerts, featuring the WurliTzer, for the remainder of 2010. Concerts will then re-commence in the Spring of 2011, following a period of maintenance work being carried out on the 74 year old WurliTzer.

The Society would like to thank all who have helped, over the years, at our Concerts and events. We trust you will support this new venture which will operate under the banner "Friends of the Eston WurliTzer"

TREVOR BUNCE (Hon Secretary)


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