Hectic Heritage Open Day

Saturday September 9th saw a very busy Heritage Open Day at the New Victoria Centre, with the first of well over 100 visitors coming through the doors just after they opened at 10.00 and the last ones leaving well after 5.00.

In between these times members of the NETOA team never stopped talking to people, showing them around, serving teas, selling CDs, raffle tickets and other things, to say nothing of demonstrating and playing the organ and showing the odd film about organ building or a vintage ‘organlogue’.  Outside we were once again privileged to have Stuart Wright’s Perlee Dutch street organ playing away in the car park to welcome visitors as they arrived at the centre.

Judging by the comment forms left by visitors, most were both  surprised and impressed by what they saw during their visit and many bought tickets for future concerts, so we look forward to seeing them return again to hear the Wurlitzer soon.

Visitor Comments Included:

“Every aspect was fascinating and everyone involved so knowledgeable and happy to talk about the organ and its history …..”      “Friendly and informative volunteers ……”      “Loved visiting this place, so different and exceptionally interesting ……”      “Well worth my 66 mile round trip – look forward to further visits”      “Great reception, well organised”      “Fantastic heritage – must be kept going”      “Wow! Completely amazed by the magical music, wonderful volunteers and the sheer size & workings of the mighty Wurlitzer ……” (Visitor who travelled 130 miles from Liverpool)

Many thanks to everyone who took the time to visit us on the open day and look around and for your very kind comments.  Also a big thank you to the NETOA volunteers who spent the day working very hard to welcome our visitors and make their visit enjoyable.  JH.