School choir sings at event

ON SONG The St John's School choir yesterday
ON SONG The St John's School choir yesterday

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A PRIMARY school choir sang at Gosport’s ceremony.

The choir performed Gary Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s track Sing as the Commonwealth Flag was raised yesterday at 10am.

Ellie White, a Year 6 pupil in the St John’s School Choir, was proud she had a chance to perform.

She said: ‘It was brilliant. I enjoyed seeing the flag being raised and seeing the mayor and mayoress.’

The 10-year-old was one of 16 pupils drawn from Year 3 to Year 6 performing during the flag ceremony at Falkland Gardens, off South Street.

Mayor of Gosport Councillor John Beavis led the ceremony with his wife and mayoress Christine at his side.

He heaped praise on the choir from St John’s Primary in Grove Road, Forton, Gosport.

Cllr Beavis said of the choir: ‘It was fantastic.’

During the ceremony he said: ‘Gosport is proud to support Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth.

‘All our citizens, particularly the young, can express appreciation for the Commonwealth and the values for which it stands for and the rich opportunities it offers for mutual support.’

It comes as the flag was raised across country by local authorities for the first time. And it was flown by all 53 Commonwealth countries across the world.

The leader of Gosport Borough Council, Cllr Mark Hook, was at the ceremony, while the deputy mayor, Cllr Wayne Ronayne, read the affirmation.

The council’s chief executive Ian Lycett was also at the ceremony.