Veronica Parkinson was in her teens when she first played the organ at St Joseph and St Nicholas Church, Moorends in the late 1940s for Benediction. Her older sister, Margaret, was the church’s main organist at the time. After her marriage, Veronica (now Kelly) continued to play for Benediction, marriages and special services.
She became the parish’s main organist in the mid 1970s and served in that role for 40 years. To mark her retirement Fr Terry Brebner celebrated a special Mass for her and Pat Linley presented Veronica with gifts from the parish.
Our photograph shows left to right: Pat Linley, Veronica Kelly, Fr Terry Brebner.