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Organ recital remembers murder victim Judith Richardson

Judith Richardson
Image caption Judith Richardson was a regular attendee at the Abbey's organ recitals

The anniversary of the death of a 77-year-old woman who was murdered in her Northumberland home will be marked with an organ recital.

Judith Richardson was attacked in Hexham in August 2011 by Graeme Jarman, who was jailed for life last month.

She was a regular attendee at Hexham Abbey organ recitals and Saturday's event was being held in her memory.

Abbey rector Canon Graham Usher said the aim was to mark the end of a very difficult year in a positive way.

Members of Miss Richardson's family were invited to attend the recital.

Canon Usher said: "Today's organ recital marks a difficult anniversary and turns our memory of Judith into recalling the very positive contribution she made to society and the joy she brought to other people's lives."

The recital was being performed by Abbey director of music Marcus Wibberley and the pieces included the Dambusters March.

It was chosen in recognition of Miss Richardson's long association with 39 Regiment Royal Artillery for whom she ran leisure clubs in Germany and Northern Ireland.

In July, Jarman, of Consett, County Durham, was sentenced to a minimum term of 35 years in jail after being found guilty of her murder.

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