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Sheffield widow’s tears for murdered organist

Maureen Greaves, widow of murdered church organist Alan Greaves, lights a candle at The Parish Church of St Saviour Mortomley, High Green, Sheffield.

Maureen Greaves, widow of murdered church organist Alan Greaves, lights a candle at The Parish Church of St Saviour Mortomley, High Green, Sheffield.

The widow of murdered church organist Alan Greaves wept at a candlelit service held in his memory on Christmas Eve.

Exactly a year to the day he was fatally attacked, a service was held at the spot where Mr Greaves was attacked on Greengate Lane in High Green.

His widow Maureen, aged 64, shed tears at the service but called on others to forgive her husband’s killers Jonathan Bowling and Ashley Foster.

Alan, aged 68, was beaten to death with a pick axe handle last December 24 as he made his way to St Saviour’s Church to play the organ at the midnight service.

The emotional memorial took place at the park railings where Alan was attacked.

The site was marked by large flaming torches and all 300 people who attended were offered a hand-held candle.

A minute’s silence was held in Alan’s memory before Maureen laid a wreath to remember her husband.

The congregation sang carols including Once In Royal David’s City, Hark the Herald Angels Sing and Alan’s favourite, O Little Town Of Bethlehem.

After the service the congregation enjoyed mince pies and mulled wine.

The service was led by Canon Simon Bessant, from St Saviour’s.

 

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