AN audience of more than 120 people gathered in St Anne’s Church, Lydgate in September for a musical celebration in memory of Eric Watts, who died a few months previously.
Music had been a central love of Eric’s life.
For many years he had been a member of the Saddleworth Male Voice Choir, and it was fitting that the Choir took centre stage.
Led by conductor Dorian and accompanist Louise, their programme ranged from hymn tunes and numbers from popular musicals to unlikely pop classics.
Harpist Sarah Davies provided something completely different, and the instrument’s exquisitely rich, subtle sounds were beautifully displayed.
Probably the loudest applause of the evening was reserved for Eric’s family members.
Grandson Tom led the way on the piano, followed by wife Janet, and then daughter Diane and friends, who together make up the ukulele band Fingers and Thumbs.
It was a great community event, celebrating a man who fully and creatively supported the local community, largely through his and Janet’s active involvement in community group Love Lydgate.
The concert, organised by Love Lydgate, raised over £600 which has been presented to the family to buy a lasting legacy in Eric’s name, probably a bench to be sited in the village.