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On a Musical Note – Thank You

Soroptimist Ann Dickinson had the surprise of her life recently.

Choirs and ensembles with whom Ann has been associated for decades conspired to hold a concert in her honour. This was a thank-you on behalf of the generations of singers and performers who have benefitted from “Aunty Ann’s” skills at the keyboard.

Among those who sang for Ann were members of Crosby Gilbert & Sullivan Society, SEMusic (St Edmund’s Choir) and BOST (Birkenhead Operatic Society).

The surprise concert, at St Faith’s Church, Crosby, was a joyful (and occasionally tearful) occasion. Several Crosby Soroptimists were in the audience to clap and cheer a great lady.

Still dashing here and there to accompany groups or play for dance exams throughout Merseyside, Ann is an inspiration to all. She gives of her time and talents freely. Whether in the community or in her Soroptimist club, whether at a garden party or in fancy dress, Ann will take every opportunity to share her love of music.

Ann’s career was deservedly recognised in 2005 when she was awarded MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours ‘for services to the community in Liverpool’. SI Crosby later presented Ann with Honorary Life Membership of the club.