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Frank Alfred Hare
9th February 1926 - 16th January 2019 

It is with great sadness that we have to inform you of Frank Hare's death just short of his 93rd birthday. He had been unwell since Christmas and passed away in the care of Leeds hospital.
Frank was the TOC in the North having founded the northern district in 1950 and having acted as the secretary ever since. He will be greatly missed by his many friends and those who perhaps only knew him through the newsletter and his many recordings and broadcasts.
His reputation as an authority on the theatre pipe organ, its history, construction, players and recordings was immense. As the designer of the Ossett organ his legacy will live on through the NTOT.
We will be devoting the next issue of the newsletter to him and will welcome your memories and contributions which should be sent to the editor please.
Another chapter comes to and end but Frank was so proud of the TOC and the NTOT and that both organisations are still with us and in good heart.
The funeral will be at Lawnswood Crematorium, Otley Road, Leeds 16 at 1.40pm on Friday February 8th.

  It was nice to catch up with TOC President, Phil Kelsall, on February 11th 2018 at Louth Town Hall when he played his 40th consecutive concert on the Compton. To mark the event, John Askwith presented Phil with a commemorative plaque. It was also gratifying to see around 180 in the audience - a pity there was no one from the BBC to take note…



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Following the death of Michael Candy and a recent bequest from a member, who requested that the legacy be used to further preserve organs in the UK, the Club has purchased Mike's historic Style F Wurlitzer, which is believed to be the last surviving original Style F in the country.
The organ has been safely removed (with both your Newsletter Editor and Southern District Secretary lending a hand) and will be installed at Paul Kirner's Music Palace. The team there, which has recently done such a good job in restoring the former Regal Edmonton Christie, will restore and install the Wurlitzer. It will remain on permanent loan and will be available for Club meetings (as will the other organs installed at the Music Palace) when restoration work is completed.
Paul Kirner's Music Palace has formed itself into a trust, it owns the building and the Club is aware that the Trustees and team at the Music Palace are keen for all their organs to remain in as original condition as possible, therefore this harmonious partnership will ensure our organ's future as the last working example of an original Style F Wurlitzer.

After Byron Jones' concert at Weston-super-Mare Odeon on November 13th, the West of England Theatre Organ Society is to be disbanded.
It has been agreed with the Society that the Club will finance at least two events at the Odeon per year from 2017. The Club is still in discussion with WETOS and Odeon as to when these events will be, but the Club is delighted to be associated with this historic Compton organ.
The organ will continue to be looked after by Ben Snowdon and his team, which has done such a splendid job in recent years.
The Club also welcomes former WETOS members who have now joined us.
Photo courtesy of Peter Young