A welcome return for school choir

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A day which started with wind and rain turned to sunshine. And sunshine was exactly what the choir of Chantry Community Primary School brought to Irvine Unit patients, staff and visitors.

The youngsters had enjoyed giving their pre-Christmas performance at Bexhill Hospital so much that they asked to make a return visit last Thursday.

When you sing in hospital it helps people to feel better so you will be helping all our sick friends here

Rev Neville Barnett

Very soon the enthusiastic pupils had the audience gathered in the Irvine Unit’s atrium Walking on Sunshine.

The bright number was one of the highlights of a well-balanced half-hour programme of popular songs.

These included When Somebody Loves You, Because I am Happy, Sing It Loud Sing It Clear, King of the Swingers, Aint No Mountain High Enough and Oh Raise Your Voice and Shout.

Introducing the choir, the hospital chaplain the Rev Neville Barnett had told the youngsters: “When you sing in hospital it helps people to feel better so you will be helping all our sick friends here.”

Thanking them after their final number, he said: “Thank you very much for coming today because it has made a great deal of difference to the patients and staff because it’s cheered them up.”