Entertainment from a bygone age brought to life in Louth
ONE casualty of the devastating East Coast floods of 1953, which many are remembering this month, survives in Louth Town Hall.
Two decades after it perished under water, the owners of the Compton Theatre Organ in the old Queen's Hall cinema sold it for scrap.
Fortunately, the volunteers of North Lincolnshire Theatre Organ Preservation Society bought it, lovingly restored and later significantly improved this grand old instrument.
Once a month there is an opportunity to hear the organ in all its glory and the highlight of the concert season is Phil Kelsall's annual visit.
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Phil is the principal resident organist at Blackpool Tower and considered by many to be Britain's number one enter- tainment organist, so it is no surprise he always attracts a capacity audience.
He launches each concert with the instantly familiar I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside and this year, followed his signature tune with a medley of toe-tapping numbers designed to get us in a Blackpool party mood.
They were as jaunty and breezy as a walk along the resort's Golden Mile and the next selection of tunes, all featuring girl's names, included Sally – the signature tune of another Lancashire icon, Gracie Fields.
In Phil's hands and feet, the organ becomes a one-man orchestra as he teases every imaginable instrument from the keyboards, plus an array of sound effects that add whimsical touches.
Listening to him is rather like watching Lewis Hamilton take a vintage car to the max as he hurtles around the racetrack.
He signed off with a scintillating selection of jazz tunes from the Charleston era that included a barnstorming version of Sweet Georgia Brown.
All this and for just £5 a ticket, that's what I call value added entertainment!