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Musical tribute to Outwood Grange teacher Lexie Eggleston in Wakefield Cathedral

Outwood Grange Academy Christmas concert at Wakefield Cathedral to support Wakefield Hospice.

Outwood Grange Academy Christmas concert at Wakefield Cathedral to support Wakefield Hospice.

Hundreds of young musicians paid tribute to a former teacher during a memorial concert.

Children from Outwood Grange Academy teamed up with pupils from primary schools to perform a one-off Christmas special at Wakefield Cathedral.

More than 300 students took part and raised almost £2,000 for Wakefield Hospice.

And they were inspired to support the Aberford Road hospice as a tribrute to former Outwood Grange music teacher and pastoral leader Lexie Eggleston.

Mrs Eggleston taught at the school for 34 years, before she lost her long and courageous battle with cancer in June, aged 60.

Her husband David Eggleston is deputy headteacher of the senior school at Wakefield Girls’ High School.

Mr Eggleston, of St John’s, said: “Lexie was an inspirational and truly remarkable woman and school teacher who touched the lives of so many students during a long and distinguished career at Outwood Grange.

“Music however was her real passion and therefore a concert in her memory was a fitting tribute.”

Mrs Eggleston also helped raise money for worthy causes through Highwayman Cricket Club - a charity sports team, and was previously a county music advisor for the Girl Guide Association.

The school concert took place on Wednesday, December 4, and included performances from J41 swing band, six different choirs, a ukulele orchestra, function band ?? and soloists.M

Money was raised from ticket sales and refreshments sold on the night.

Current head of music at Outwood Grange Michelle Colvill said: “It was fantastic to see pupils from our primary academies sing alongside the older students and to see the cathedral so full of family and friends.

“It was a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining event.”

The hospice’s director of fundraising and retail operations Helen Knowles said: “I offer a special thank you to Outwood Grange School for arranging a Christmas Concert at Wakefield Cathedral.

“This was a wonderful way to celebrate the life of Lexie Eggleston, who I understood taught at the school for 34 years as a music teacher and a pastoral leader.

“The money raised will be used to care and support patients and their families at a difficult time in their lives.”

 

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