The organ at St Nicholas Chapel in King’s Lynn

A fundraising appeal to spruce up an organ in a historic King’s Lynn chapel will be launched this weekend.

The organ,  installed in St Nicholas Chapel in 1900, needs a thorough service,  costing £5,000.

The Friends of the chapel have said the last time the organ received a deep clean was more than 30 years ago.

“Our organ is one of the last built by Henry Willis, the most famous organ builder of his generation,” said a Friends spokesman.

“Sadly, the organ no longer sounds its best and is long overdue a full clean.

“The service includes removing the front and pipes to clean the interior, beating out dents to pipework and repairing collapsed reeds and the blower.”

The fundraising has been kick-started with £1,500 but £3,500 still needs to be raised.

The aim is have the organ back to its best in time for the festive season.

A  donations appeal will be held on Sunday during Heritage Day and two short workshops will be held. The sessions, at 11am and 2pm, will explain about the organ, how it works, there will be a demonstration and members of the public have will have the opportunity to have a go at creating a tune.

A fundraising concert will also be held on October 13 and more workshops will be held if they prove popular.

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