We opened the Organ Festival, which is being held as part of Heritage Open Days weekend, with an exhibition of photographs of old Stony Stratford as well as history and restoration information about the Willis pipe organ.
Sue Starr and her friends compiled a fascinating view into historical Stony Stratford, including photos of St Giles church (now St Mary & St Giles), St Marys church (now the Greek Orthodox church), Market Square, the schools and the High Street.
At the time of writing (Friday morning) the exhibition is open from 9:00 am - 12:30 pm Friday 8 September, will be visible to all the Saturday 10 September Ride & Striders (who will need to sign in at the Parish Hall as there will be a Wedding in the church at 1:00 pm) and to those who attend the Teddy Bears' Picnic on Saturday afternoon, and from 11:30 am - 3:30 pm on Sunday 9 September.
Tea, coffee and cake are available along with the free Festival programme booklet - a comprehensive full colour guide to the organ festival.
On Thursday both Donald MacKenzie and Jacob Collins rehearsed their pieces on the organ during the day so while the exhibition was in progress the sound of the organ could be heard. In addition, later in the afternoon, John Page brought the little hand turned street organ he has built to the Parish Hall.
More photos can be seen at https://www.flickr.com/photos/78058413@N06/albums/72157672574524970
Words and photos by Anna Page