Felixstowe: 50 years....at your service

THEY are as synonymous with churches as stained glass windows and solid oak pews.

Every Sunday, congregations across the country are treated to the distinctive and bellowing sounds of the organ.

And at St Martin’s in Nacton, worshippers have become used to the musical dexterity of Malcolm Gee who has been playing to the same flock for an incredible 50 years.

The 64-year-old first began playing the organ at St Martin’s in 1962 and since then has established himself as part of the furniture.

Mr Gee, of Newry Avenue, Felixstowe, learned to play the piano when he was six and had just a few lessons on the organ before taking up the reins at the Nacton church.

“I just love music,” he said.

“When I used to play the piano I would go into a room with a piano and play hymns for a few hours.

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“If you can master an instrument, you can get a lot of enjoyment from it.”

Mr Gee, who previously worked as a committee administrator at Suffolk Coastal District Council, was honoured for his 50 years with a special service at the church last month.

And despite reaching the impressive milestone, he has no plans to retire from his position just yet.

He added: “I’ll continue doing it as long as I can.

“I’m hoping the rector will endeavour to go on until he’s got his 50 years in as well.”

Canon Geoffrey Grant, the rector of St Martin’s Church, has thanked Mr Gee for his work saying that he is always willing to help others.

He added: “We work very well together and these days we have a lot of modern services and he doesn’t mind playing the modern music in services.

“Nothing is ever too much trouble for him – he’s a good laugh as well.”

Canon Geoffrey is also set to mark his 50th anniversary at St Martin’s soon and said he is looking forward to celebrating with Malcolm as they toast a combined 100 years at the church.

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