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Concert in Memory of George




An evening of celebration for the life and work of well known Hethersett environmentalist George Beckford was held in St Remigius Church on 17th July, 2009.

The evening with the Poringland Singers was a tribute to George's outstanding contribution to local life which included many years on the local parish council, leadership of the Hethersett Environmental Action Team and the Hethersett Green Village Group. George was also a writer and poet and books of his verse were given away on the evening.

The programme featured some of his favourite music including selections from Lionel Bart's Oliver, Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady and a  celebration of the work of Andrew Lloyd Weber. The choir was conducted by Ian Elliott and accompanied by Mark Thompson and Tracey Atkins.

A number of members of the Beckford family also featured including George's son Trevor who is a choir member and opened the evening with a short tribute to his father.

"It has been heart warming to see how many people really liked and respected him and it is lovely to be able to give something back to the village."

The concert also included items from George's granddaughter Meike and daughter-in-law Telse played flute for Karl Jenkins' Adiemus. The concert also included music by Paul Simon and Sting and show tunes from The Lion King, Sweet Charity, Kiss Me Kate, South Pacific and Moulin Rouge.

A vote of thanks to the choir was given by Fred Watkins, chair of Hethersett Parish Council: "It has been a marvellous way to celebrate George's life. I am sure he would approve," he said.