Tributes to Woodkirk church organist

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Tributes have been paid to a much-loved church organist who died this week.

Woodkirk Parish Church member John Hardcastle passed away on Monday morning.

And members of St Mary’s, on Dewsbury Road, have been paying their respects online.

The church posted on its Facebook page: “Sad news. Our organist John passed away this morning. Our prayers are with Adrienne and all his family at this time.”

Hannah Tombling replied, she said: “Very sad, I will miss seeing him at family service, he was always so lovely with the Brownies and made my boys laugh.”

Ian Kerry added: “Very sorry to hear this. Thoughts to John’s family.”

Just over four years ago, Mr Hardcastle had helped to raise £20,000 for a new electronic organ to be installed at the church to replace the old one.

* See next Wednesday’s Observer & Advertiser for a full tribute to Mr Hardcastle.