Skipton  musicians  band  together to help town celebrate 175th anniversary

THERE will be big celebrations in Skipton as the town turns 175.

Performance: Performers Phil Cockerill, Gary Gallagher and Ivan Williams practise for Skipton’s Magical Family Musical. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Performance: Performers Phil Cockerill, Gary Gallagher and Ivan Williams practise for Skipton’s Magical Family Musical. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

A night of music will be held at the Skipton Hall on Saturday night as part of the town’s 175-year celebrations.

Event organiser Carmel Molloy  said there was more to the event than being a birthday bash, it was a chance for the community to get together in the same venue since floods in 2011.

She said the 2011 floods destroyed dozens of Skipton houses and resulted in the closure of the town’s only pub – the Skipton Hotel. 

“It has been a bit difficult for residents without a hotel,” she said.

“So this event is about getting the community together and fostering a better community.”

The Magical Family Musical will start at 7.30pm at the Skipton Hall.

“An orchestra of young students will be travelling from Mildura to play to the people of Skipton, these students are extremely talented,” she said.

The students from Mildura will play a selection of songs including a medley from The Phantom of the Opera before a silent movie screening.

“It’s not classical music, it’s popular music like that from Lord of the Rings where everyone is welcome to sing along,” she said.

“Phil Cockerill will accompany the silent movie with his piano, he is a great pianist and he will be able to fill the hall with loud music.”

Local resident David Jackson will perform with his bagpipes, in addition to Gary Gallagher on the trumpet. Former Skipton resident Ivan Williams, who moved to Germany to sing, has also returned to perform on the night.

Attendees are asked to donate an entry fee they believe is suitable.

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