Howard’s grand gesture to his former primary school

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A grand piano has been donated to Belper’s Strutt Community Centre by a pupil of the former school.

Howard Ducker, the son of former Strutts headmaster George Ducker handed over the musical gift to replace one gifted to Derby Cathedral following the closing of the building as a school in 2008.

Despite requests for the original piano to be returned officials at the cathedral refused and Mr Ducker was forced to purchase the new instrument.

And his gift was soon put to good use during a classical concert in front of around 140 people featuring renowned classical pianist Beate Toyka (pictured) and the Mercian Trio. Mr Ducker travelled up from Bury St Edmunds with his wife Ingrid and two nieces for the event on May 24.

Strutts Centre trustee, Cynthia Maddock, said: “We appreciate Howard’s generosity - it will be such an asset to the community and people were queueing up to come and play it. We hope it will be used for lots of musical events in the future. The concert was an absolutely tremendous night - the audience were blown away by the standard of the music.”