AN ORGANIST from Milford Haven has been recognised for his 30-year contribution to his local church.

Michael Nicholas has been awarded the Archbishop of Wales Certificate in Church Music in recognition of his long service as the organist of St Katharine and St Peter's Church.

Mr Nicholas began his role in 1983, when he was asked to fill the position temporarily one Sunday. And he has been there ever since.

Last month, Mr Nicholas travelled to All Saints, Oystermouth, to collect his award from the Archbishop of Wales, The Most Revd Dr Barry Morgan.

Accompanying him was a coach-load of parishioners, family and friends, and his wife Paddy.

Vicar of Milford Haven, Father Harri Williams, nominated Mr Nicholas for the award after realising how long he had been in his ‘temporary’ position.

“Mr Nicholas has given tremendous service to this Church and to the people of this town and I am delighted that he has been recognised for his faithful work over 30 years,” said Father Harri.

Asked what has kept him playing for three decades, Mr Nicholas said he simply enjoys the “joyful sound” the organ makes.

“There’s no better instrument,” he added. “An organ is a thing of its own, and there are such wonderful acoustics in St Katherine’s.”

But, despite being in his 80s, Mr Nicholas has no intention to throw in the towel any time soon.

“I’m only 80; I suppose I can carry on at least another ten years.”