Maureen’s generous gift

Margaret Robinson and the organ she has donated to Prior Pursglove College.
Margaret Robinson and the organ she has donated to Prior Pursglove College.
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A SLEIGHTS woman has put a smile on the faces of music students by donating her trusty organ.

Margaret Robinson (90) has donated a Lowrey organ to Prior Pursglove College in Guisborough.

Margaret, who has had the organ for 30 years, is currently in the process of moving to a new nursing home which already has one.

Worried that the instrument might end up going to the tip, she arranged for it to be donated to the college.

She said: “I’m pleased it’s going to a good home.

“I sincerely hope the students get as much pleasure out of it as I’ve had.

“It has a beautiful tone and I’ve had many pleasant hours playing on it.”

Margaret, originally from Pudsey, West Riding, has been living at Esk Hall Care Home in Sleights for two-and-a-half years.

She came from a musical family and began playing the cello when she was 11 years old.

She said: “I started to become even more musical during the war,” says Margaret.

“I had three older sisters who went to join the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) and I was left at home with nothing to do, so I took up music and learnt to play the piano.”

Years later when she bought the organ, Margaret began playing at her local church for weddings and funerals.

Music teacher Helen Kirk said: “We are delighted to have received this kind donation from Margaret.

“We hope to use it in forthcoming concerts and it will also add to the enrichment opportunities for music students.”