Ferry Christmas!

Kanes Hill Primary School pupils sang Christmas songs to passengers on the Red Funnel ferry Red Osprey from Southampton to East Cowes.

Kanes Hill Primary School pupils sang Christmas songs to passengers on the Red Funnel ferry Red Osprey from Southampton to East Cowes.

Youngsters from a Southampton primary school caused a wave of joy by bringing festive cheer to ferry passengers.

The Year 6 pupils from Kanes Hill Primary, part of Inspire Learning Partnership, boarded a Red Funnel ferry to Cowes to sing well-known Christmas hits.

While entertaining passengers on the hour-long journey they also raised funds for their school choir’s performance in London next year.

In February the choir will join the Young Voices concert, which sees thousands of school children perform at the O2 Arena.

Interim Principal of Kanes Hill, Lisa Marshall, said: “We are really grateful to Red Funnel Ferries for getting on board with this idea and helping our wonderful pupils raise money for the school choir.

“Our children are used to performing in our hall to family and friends but singing on a moving ferry to hundreds of strangers was something very novel for them indeed.

“We hope the ferry passengers also enjoyed the entertainment and it made the crossing to the Isle of Wight even more enjoyable and festive for them.”

The pupils had a huge repertoire of well-known yuletide tunes to sing on the journey.

Among the tracklist was Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Jingle Bells, I Wish it Could be Christmas Every Day and Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

CEO of Inspire Learning Partnership, Claire Lowe, said: “What a wonderful way to mark Christmas and raise funds to help the school choir’s dream come true.

“The Young Voices concert at the O2 is one of the biggest events, if not the biggest, for young singers in this country.

“Thank you to all the passengers who donated money to give our children an early Christmas present.”

 

 

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