Exhibition starts to commerorate Kathleen

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Special guests attended the official opening of a Leyland exhibition to celebrate the life of opera singing star Kathleen Ferrier.

Last week marked the 60th anniversary of her death in 1953, and with the singer hailing from South Ribble, an exhibition has now opened at the Museum and Exhibition Centre in the Old Grammar School in Church Road.

Kathleen Ferrier's god-daughter Kath Hopcroft with Louisa Stirland

Kathleen Ferrier's god-daughter Kath Hopcroft with Louisa Stirland

The launch event of ‘Klever Kaff: A Tribute to Kathleen Ferrier’ was attended by members of the Kathleen Ferrier Society from Blackburn, and was officially opened by her god daughter Kath Hopcroft.

Museum curator Dr David Hunt was pleased to welcome South Ribble’s Deputy Mayor Coun Graham Walton and Deputy Mayoress Mrs Karen Walton, along with the leader of the council, Coun Margaret Smith, and her husband Coun Phil Smith, who is cabinet member for leisure, regeneration and healthy communities at South Ribble Council.

Teenager Louisa Stirland, the BBC’s Young Chorister of the Year 2012/13, who is also from the borough, performed.

Deputy Mayor Coun Graham Walton, council leader Coun Margaret Smith, BBC Young Chorister of the Year 2012 Louisa Srirland, Deputy Mayoress Karen Walton, and Coun Phil Smith

Deputy Mayor Coun Graham Walton, council leader Coun Margaret Smith, BBC Young Chorister of the Year 2012 Louisa Srirland, Deputy Mayoress Karen Walton, and Coun Phil Smith