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10cc front man marks Alyth synagogue’s 80th birthday with special concert

PUBLISHED: 16:00 18 June 2013 | UPDATED: 22:22 18 June 2013

Graham Gouldman of 10cc performs songs at the party. Picture: Polly Hancock.

Graham Gouldman of 10cc performs songs at the party. Picture: Polly Hancock.

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The front man of legendary 1970s band 10cc performed exclusively at the 80th birthday party of a Temple Fortune synagogue.

Alyth chairman Harriet Radley with Rabbi Mark Goldsmith, president Brenda Freedman, former president Jeffery Rose and Rabbi Josh Levy. Picture: Polly Hancock.Alyth chairman Harriet Radley with Rabbi Mark Goldsmith, president Brenda Freedman, former president Jeffery Rose and Rabbi Josh Levy. Picture: Polly Hancock.

Singer-songwriter Graham Gouldman, who co-wrote classic 10cc song I’m Not in Love with band mate Eric Stewart, treated more than 700 members of Alyth synagogue, in Alyth Gardens, to a special concert on Sunday.

The 67-year-old, who is an Alyth member, was backed by the synagogue congregation for a performance to mark the 80th anniversary since Alyth was founded.

Fairground rides from a bucking bronco to giant Scalextric, games and circus skills training, food stalls from local businesses and tea and scones served by the local supermarkets were also on offer.

Alyth members were addressed by Mayor of Barnet, Cllr Melvin Cohen, and the Movement for Reform Judaism’s Rabbi Laura Janner-Klaunser.

Alyth President Brenda Freedman said: “I was overwhelmed by the love and support that we all gave to each other on this special afternoon.”

Alyth Rabbi Josh Levy added: “This was an afternoon that belonged to the whole community with activities for all, reflecting Alyth’s commitment to include everyone in the life of the shul. It was a celebration for a huge family.”


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