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Farewell To The Eston Wurlitzer

Posted: Thursday 14th April

Farewell To The Eston Wurlitzer

One of the UK's vintage Wurlitzer organs will be making its final concert appearance this Easter, after entertaining thousands of concert go-ers for 30 years.
Sadly, the James Finegan Hall at Eston is due to close at the end of May. There had been speculation about the long term future of the venue for a number of years, however the news came just a few months ago that it was the local authority's intent to close the hall in May 2011.
It is such a pity that a full season of concerts could not be presented in 2011. A substantial amount of work had been carried out on the Wurlitzer by volunteers of "Friends of the Eston Wurlitzer", the group formed to maintain and present the Wurlitzer at Eston, following the closure of the Langbarugh Theatre Organ Society, who had rescued, installed and presented the Wurlitzer for over 30 years.
The final concert featuring the Wurlitzer, which was built in the 1930's, will take place on Sunday 24th April (Easter Sunday) at 2.30pm. and feature Kevin Grunill, Matthew Bason & Richard Openshaw. Admission is priced at £6.00.
It would be fitting to have a good attendance for the final concert and celebrate the role the Wurlitzer has played in the area for over three decades.
The local Council are keen for the organ to remain in the area and have suggested a possible new venue for the organ to be installed. Plans for the construction of the new building are currently being drawn and details of the Wurlitzer's space requirements have been submitted to the architects.
Let's hope that the Wurlitzer is given a good farewell on Easter Sunday at 2.30pm, or should we say "Au Revoir" !

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