Tributes paid

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FOND tributes have been paid following the death of former Chichester Cathedral organist John Birch.

He was appointed organist and master of the choristers in Chichester at the early age of 29.

The Very Rev Nicholas Frayling, Dean of Chichester, said: ‘He was a tremendous encouragement to his successors Alan Thurlow and Sarah Baldock, and will be greatly missed as a friend, a fine musician and a devout Christian.’

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