Musical link carved in stone

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A LINK between Hathersage and Liverpool will be celebrated in a concert in the Peak District village next month.

Prof Ian Tracey, who has been organist at Liverpool’s Anglican cathedral for nearly 30 years, will give a recital in Hathersage Parish Church on Friday, May 13 at 7.30pm.

The connection can be traced back to 1854 when Queen Victoria and Prince Albert opened St George’s Hall in Liverpool - built largely with stone from quarries around Hathersage.

Hall trustees showed their thanks by donating matching pairs of chairs on which the royal couple sat, and they have ever since been in Hathersage Parish Church.

The chairs went back temporarily across the Pennines for a ceremony after the hall was refurbished - and next month’s concert is another ‘thank you’. All proceeds go to the church.

Tickets at £10 are available, sending a stamped addressed envelope, from Anne Mainwaring, Ridgeway, Station Road, Hathersage, and Sue Malley, Edgegarth, Ranmoor Lane, Hathersage.