European Heritage Open Days, September 14/15, 2013

Historic May Street Church featured once again in the programme for European Heritage Open Day. The church was open on Saturday September 14 and Sunday September 15 and around 80 visitors signed the book on the Saturday, and 50 on the Sunday. A team of around 20 volunteers from May Street operated a rota, and were involved in showing visitors around and answering many questions.

We had some lovely feedback from members of the public who visited our 1829-built church and enjoyed the organ music which was played. The comments ranged from “spectacular” to “magnificent organ” and from “very welcoming and most interesting” to “very nice to see the church from the inside” and “nice place, lovely people”. Among those who came to look at the church were tourists from Australia, Austria, Slovakia, Italy, Madrid and Valencia in Spain, as well as Glasgow and Leicester. It was a great opportunity to raise May Street’s profile so thanks again to all those who volunteered.

In particular, thanks to our three resident organists – Johnston Gray from Ballyholme, who learnt to play the organ at May Street in 1943, Thursday organist Charles Maginnis and our own May Street organist Colin Johnston. They played at different stages over the two days, to the delight of visitors and volunteers.

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