Final overture for Mildred

Mildred Watson.
Mildred Watson.

MUSIC fans in Morpeth are mourning the death of one of the art’s greatest supporters.

Mildred May Watson has died at the age of 95 after a 45-year association with the Wansbeck Music Festival.

Miss Watson was born in Morpeth and attended the Morpeth High School for Girls, however she spent much of her adult life in Newbiggin by the Sea.

After qualifying as a teacher, she worked throughout her career at Hirst Park Girls Secondary School, later Hirst Park Middle, teaching music, history and PE, and going on to become Deputy Head.

She prepared numerous choirs for the annual Wansbeck Music Festival and was responsible for setting up its recorder classes.

She also served as assistant and then joint-secretary of the event.

For many years, Miss Watson organised a carol concert at the Central Hall in Ashington, which involved most of the schools in the town and choirs from surrounding areas.

When she retired, she was involved in many voluntary organisations, including a speech-after-stroke club, and in recognition of her unstinting service to the community she was presented with a Civic Award by Wansbeck Council in 1990.

Miss Watson was always interested in the arts and was a member of the History Society.

She also loved travelling and was a staunch member of St Bartholomew’s Church, Newbiggin, where her tapestry kneelers can be seen.

Her friend Gillian Stewart said: “Mildred Watson led a full and active life, always available to give help and guidance when asked.

“She was a wonderful teacher, mentor, valuable member of the community and friend.

“She was greatly loved and will be missed by all who came into contact with her.”