Former Wisbech Mayor Bruce Wegg is to be the first person to have their ashes interred in St Peter’s Church for more than 50 years.
The honour has been bestowed upon the much-loved councillor, who died in October 2012, in recognition of his dedication to the Wisbech church.
Mr Wegg was the church organist and choir master for almost 40 years.
He was made a fellow of the London College of Music in 2009 and was the holder of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Certificate in Church Music.
The news that Mr Wegg’s final resting place would be in his beloved church delighted his wife, Brenda.
“I was absolutely thrilled,” she said. “It’s quite an honour. I think Bruce would have been surprised but delighted with it. He would have known how important it was.”
It is a rare occasion when ashes are interred within the church. The honour was last bestowed on a former organist.
Father Paul West, from St Peter’s Church, said it was lovely to think that Bruce’s remains would be so close to the organ.
Father Paul said: “This was the right thing to do. We just want to honour our dear friend who brought us such divine music.”
A special service will be held at the church on Saturday, April 12 at 2pm and everyone is invited to attend and celebrate Mr Wegg’s life.
Canon Wim Zwalf will be coming back to speak and there will be a soloist performance.
Mrs Wegg said any friends and colleagues would be very welcome.