On Thursday 9 July John Ward, Chairman of the Charles & Elsie Sykes Trust, unveiled a commemorative plaque in recognition of the financial support that the Trust is awarding to In Harmony Opera North. During a presentation at Windmill Primary School hosted by Sally Sumpner, (Executive Headteacher of Windmill and Lowroad Federation), and Andy Gamble (incoming Executive Headship), John Ward had the opportunity to hear some of the children play, followed by a speech from the school's Chair of Governors, Mike Tilling. Here are a selection of images from the day.
The Charles & Elsie Sykes Trust was launched in 1954 by businessman and philanthropist Mr Charles Sykes who, from modest beginnings became a successful businessman in the West Riding knitting wool trade with his own four-storey mill in Bradford. Mr Sykes was committed to helping the less fortunate, and following his death in 1967 aged ninety-four, the current Trustees preserve his principles in setting their criteria for grant making.
The Trustees have supported In Harmony Opera North since its launch in 2012 and their support has enabled Opera North to have a significant and positive impact on Windmill Primary School and the Belle Isle community. For more information about In Harmony Opera North and our other community residencies, click here.
Photos by Hannah Webster