John Horrex , a man with many strings to his bow, holds a minature banjo mandolin that he created from scratch.
John Horrex , a man with many strings to his bow, holds a minature banjo mandolin that he created from scratch. Robyne Cuerel

Ex-Mayor has gift with the harp - making it, not playing it

AS A retired politician, you could never call John Horrex an angel.

But the Maryborough man has a gift with the harp - making them, not playing them.

After more than 30 years in politics, Mr Horrex still thrives on challenge.

So when a friend asked him if he could build a harp, he did.

That was more than a decade ago.

Since then he has not stopped adding more strings to his bow, making guitars and other instruments.

"You've got to understand the technical side of making an instrument," he said.

"Politics to me wasn't a challenge.

"It was an understanding of contributing to your community and doing what was right."

John Horrex's eldest grand daughter Seinna Sunn, 14, plucks at the strings of a harp made by her grandfather.
John Horrex's eldest grand daughter Seinna Sunn, 14, plucks at the strings of a harp made by her grandfather. Robyne Cuerel


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