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St Magnus Cathedral

A scan of a drawing in WWII forces newspaper, The Orkney Blast.
Picture added on 06 January 2008
Harry Croft-Jackson, Thomas Watson Forgie...

Does anyone have photos or any information about the two names above? Both held the post of Organist/Master of Music at St Magnus Cathedral. Cheers
Added by Steven Flett on 26 October 2012
Harry Croft-Jackson took up his appointment at St. Magnus Cathedral the day the Second World War broke out. I believe he was also on his honeymoon at the Queen's Hotel).

By one of those curious coincidences, after Harry left Orkney (to teach at the Trinity College of Music and to work at the BBC), he lived in Colchester Essex, my home town, and was organist at St. Leonard-at-the-Hythe Church. I was organist at St. Leonard-at-the-Hythe before I moved to Orkney and became organist of St. Magnus Cathedral.
Added by David Drinkell on 14 May 2014
Re David Drinkell's post regarding my father, Harry Croft-Jackson, my parents were married in Lancashire on 4th September, 1939 (first full day of war, and due to the outbreak of war, left for Orkney immediately after the reception, instead of going on their honeymoon in Cornwall, as initially planned. Special passes were required, as Orkney was a restricted area because of the Fleet in Scapa Flow.

They subsequently moved to Essex after the war, resulting from their friendship with Padre Albert Johnston, who was Forces Padre and took services in St. Magnus during the war.
Added by Chloe Croft-Jackson on 03 November 2014
Albert Johnston was Rector of St. Leonard-at-the-Hythe, Colchester. He subsequently moved to Dedham, where the church and area were much painted by the artist John Constable.
Added by David Drinkell on 04 November 2014
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