Excited pupils get series of unexpected concerts

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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.

MUSICAL Amelia North, centre plays percussion with her friend Katie Joliffe. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (133572-1)

MUSICAL Amelia North, centre plays percussion with her friend Katie Joliffe. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (133572-1)

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.

THRILLS Left, members of the Royal Marines Bandplay Christmas carols at Langstone Junior School. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (133572-3)

THRILLS Left, members of the Royal Marines Bandplay Christmas carols at Langstone Junior School. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (133572-3)

‘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.