CHILDREN across the city were lucky enough to get a surprise visit from the Portsmouth-based Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines.
The band performed carols to hundreds of excited children, starting at Langstone Junior School in Baffins.
A brass quintet and Corps of Drums, led by Band Sergeant Trevor Naughton, performed Christmas classics including Jingle Bells, Away in a Manger and We Wish you a Merry Christmas.
Warrant Officer Martin Grace, bandmaster for the Portsmouth band said: ‘The Royal Marines have a very proud history in Portsmouth and I feel that it is important that we maintain a strong link with our local community.
‘To be able to bring the band into schools and spread a little festive cheer is simply fantastic.’
Lisa Dunning, headteacher at Langstone Juniors said: ‘We’re trying our best to give children the experience of music.
‘This is something that children have probably never seen before.
‘They will remember it forever.’
Year 6 pupil Ella Reilly, 10, said: ‘I thought that they were a great influence to people that want to play music and they were amazing.’
The band also visited Northern Parade Juniors, Cliffdale Primary Academy and Castle Primary in Portchester.