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Last Updated: Wednesday, 29 September, 2004, 09:02 GMT 10:02 UK
School windfall a musical legacy
A Lincolnshire man has left more than 125,000 in his will to a local school.

When John Alexander died aged 89, he bequeathed the money to the music department of the Robert Pattinson school in North Hykeham.

Mr Alexander worked at the Asda store behind the school and it is thought hearing the pupils' music inspired him to leave the money.

The legacy was spent on a new music hall, which has been named the "John Alexander Music Block".

'Music matters'

The school's head teacher, Stuart MacFarlane, said he was surprised when he received the letter saying the school had been left some money.

"It (the letter) listed stocks and shares worth over 12,000, and we were surprised and delighted we were going to have this gift to help with music in the school.

"When the final account came through it was over 125,000, and we thought they had put a nought in the wrong place."

He said the money has made a big difference to the school's musical achievements.

"This is one of the best fitted-out areas within the school. The prestige of the building is very important.

"We're saying to the youngsters 'music matters'."




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