Steady stream of visitors to May Street for EHOD

European Heritage Open Day on September 9/10 proved to be a popular event at May Street with some 120 visitors being attracted to the church. The weekend kicked off on the Friday afternoon when we played host to a party from Belfast Civic Trust, who were on a coach-tour of selected churches in Belfast. They were treated to a performance of organ music and given a short presentation about the history and current role of May Street.
Saturday and Sunday were the big days, however, and our stewards welcomed a steady stream of visitors. They enjoyed a chat with the stewards, a visit to the pulpit and some had a cup of tea.
But most of all they enjoyed the musical presentations on the May Street Binns organ. As well as our own organist Colin Johnston we were delighted to welcome visiting organists Harry Pritchard from Greenisland and Johnston Gray BEM from Ballyholme.
Thanks to all our team and also to Oliver Martin from the EHOD volunteer panel who came round to help us on the Sunday.
A glance at the visitors’ book shows that we attracted visitors from far and wide – Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the US. And the comments in the visitors’ book told their own story… “Fantastic building”, “Wonderful organ”, “Warm welcome”, “Small but beautiful and welcoming church”, “Thank you for your friendship” and “What a gem!”

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