Sweet sound of success at Dalziel organ recital

Gerhard Walcker (left), whose ancestors built the organ, with organist David Hamilton and social convener Janette Black.
Gerhard Walcker (left), whose ancestors built the organ, with organist David Hamilton and social convener Janette Black.

Dalziel St Andrew’s Church in Motherwell held a recital on Saturday to celebrate the successful restoration of the Walcker Pipe Organ,

The congregation, together with the many visitors who swelled the audience, from an far afield as Dundee, marvelled at the very special sound of the instrument .

Among the guests was Gerhard Walcker and his son Alexander, whose ancestors built the organ in 1900, as well as Motherwell and Wishaw MSP John Pentland.

The present generation of Walcker family’s work in completing the resoration was admired as local organists, David Hamilton, Eric Geddes, Andrew Steven, and Sandy Sharpe took the opportunity to play their own selection of pieces.

The occasion was made extra special by the addition of a flower festival with every window plus prayer room and chancel decorated in wonderful themed floral arrangements by the organisations within the church family.

During Sunday morning worship the Rev Derek Hughes paid tribute to the hard work of so many in making the occasion such a success.

This included the ladies of the social committee who ran a most welcome tea room which featured their home baking.

The enjoyment provided by the floral arrangements was spread further as following Sunday worship each found its way to various sheltered housing complexes and care homes in the town.

The congregation are now looking forward to a fun, quiz, curry and carbonara night being held on Thursday, September 26, at 7.30pm.

This event is being held to celebrate the completion of the modernisation of kitchen and toilets and addition of a baby change room, all part of the Makeover Project - Forward for Jesus.

Tickets are available at the church at a cost of £3 for adults and £1 for children.