An evening of music, song and verse triumphs for Ribchester War Memorial

The Village Hall proved the ideal setting for professional entertainment in many formats as people from across the community came together to support the Ribchester War Memorial Association and raise funds for the planned village memorial. 

The evening was opened in fine style by David Smith, giving a virtuoso performance of well-known tunes on the organ. He was then joined by Jim Fitzgerald, who's fine tenor voice matched David's ability at the keyboard.This fine duo has performed all over the world to deserved acclaim.

The mood then shifted when  Michael Neary, the "Bowland Bard" from Chipping, took to the stage to read some ofhis own touching poetry that marked some of the emotional climaxes in his life. These were perfectly judged to mark the spirit of the occasion.

A traditional Lancashire hotpot supper was served by a team of volunteers before the entertainment continued with Paul and John, of the Blackburn School of Music,giving a recital of classical music - Mozart and Liszt - on the piano.

The evening continued with a programme of songs from the shows by Ann and Peter, a versatile vocal duo called Classical Sounds, who performed their repertoire with the backing of pre-recorded music that was well received by everyone. At the close, David and Jim returned to the stage for more Italian opera and organ music, emphasising the very high quality of entertainment enjoyed throughout the evening.

Master of Ceremonies, Colin Cunliffe, thanked everyonewho contributed to the eveneing, especially Ernest Law-Riding, who had put the programme together.