Marines’ school music marathon

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Pupils were given a musical treat when a Royal Marines Band went on a whistle-stop tour of schools in the area.

Youngsters at eight schools from Portsmouth, Fareham and Gosport enjoyed Christmas carols performed by the Royal Marines Collingwood Band.

The Band of HM Royal Marines Collingwood visits Holbrook Primary School, Gosport. Pictured are pupils playing with the band L-R Alyssa Vaughan 9, Evie Ward 9, Morgan Tucker 9, Danielle Howard 8,

The Band of HM Royal Marines Collingwood visits Holbrook Primary School, Gosport. Pictured are pupils playing with the band L-R Alyssa Vaughan 9, Evie Ward 9, Morgan Tucker 9, Danielle Howard 8,

Eleanor Moran, 10, was delighted when the musicians visited Gomer Junior School, in Gosport – especially as Year 6 teacher Beverley Evans had to drum.

Eleanor said: ‘It was exciting and fun to know that you’ve got a real marine person and band in your school.

‘They played some carols and they did drumming.

‘My favourite bit was when Mrs Evans had to do the drumming – she was okay at it.

‘They were great, it was a Christmas treat.’

Fellow Year 6 pupil Reuben Dyer, 11, was equally impressed by the musicians and buglers who paid a visit to the school.

He said: ‘I liked the trumpets because I’ve not heard that before and it was really good.

‘It’d be cool if they came here school again.’

Deputy headteacher Tim Potter added: ‘It was an awe and wonder moment, which will be a great inspiration to the children.

‘It might inspire some of them to take up some brass instruments as well.’

Warrant Officer 2 Royal Marines Russ Young, who led the band at the school, said: ‘We’re absolutely delighted to have been able to give something back to the community.

‘We love our community and our community loves us, and we have to remember that these young children could be future bandsmen and women.’

The Collingwood band were on the tour from 10.30am to 2.30pm, visiting Holbrook Primary in Gosport, Ranvilles Juniors, in Fareham and Baycroft in Stubbington.

Solent Infants and Juniors in Drayton, Park Gate Primary in Park Gate and Ranvilles Infants, in Fareham were all also visited by the band.