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Ed Alleyne-Johnson

Ed Alleyne-Johnson is an electric violinist and prolific Chester busker.

He is a familiar sight in the city and has been busking for many years. In recognition of his musical contribution to the city, Ed will be performing in the market and also receiving an award from the High Sheriff, Jeannie France-Hayhust.

As part of the evening, the High Sheriff will also be presenting an award to the Share Shop in recognition of their work to help the homeless in the city.

Chester musician and charity to be honoured by Cheshire’s High Sheriff

In Chester, visitors are made very aware of the seasons. From the brilliant Christmas lights, through Spring in the parks, the seaside-like atmosphere of The Groves in summer and back to winter via the glorious colours of Autumn. Whatever the season, Ed Alleyne-Johnson provides the soundtrack for any visit. He has been doing so by busking in Chester for forty years

Ed is often to be found on the Cross, or tucked in near the old Browns Department Store in Eastgate Street. His electric purple violin soars as he covers well known tunes and features his own haunting compositions.

The High Sheriff, Jeannie France-Hayhurst, recently saw him playing in Chester Cathedral beneath the Gaia.

Jeannie told us, ‘He was wonderful. The sight of the Gaia was an emotional experience in itself, but this was hugely enhanced by the beautiful music created by Ed. He has given so much pleasure to thousands of listeners over the years that I was delighted when he agreed to accept a High Sheriff’s award for Music.’

Jeannie is nearing the end to her year as High Sheriff, a year she committed to supporting the arts. Many have benefitted from her interest and support. She has organised a special event in the welcoming and stylish environment of the New Chester Market Hall which is hosting the event on Wednesday 29 March at 7.00. Ed will play before receiving his award.

Before she ends her time in office, Jeannie also wishes to acknowledge the work of Share. Share – Supporting Homeless Assisting Refugees Everywhere – is a local charity to which Jeannie has offered a great deal of support. The charity will be honoured at the same event.

She explained, ‘Those who visit The Share Shop in Pepper Street find that with its delightful café it is much more than a charity shop. It’s a lovely place to rest and relax.  Of course the shop is an important part of the work, but it is only one aspect. Share offers recovery art and mental welfare support in addition to providing basic necessities to Chester’s most vulnerable.’

‘The Share Shop is unique to Chester, and that is the reason that as High Sheriff of Cheshire I would like to acknowledge their work.’

High Sheriff of Cheshire