Young voices raise spir­its

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Glo­ria Par­riss thought the cur­rent crop of Rose­neath School pupils could sing just fine.

Sum­mer­set Re­tire­ment Vil­lage in Aotea was treated to a spe­cial con­cert last week.

More than half the school’s roll of 107 was on hand to sing and play mu­sic to the vil­lage’s res­i­dents in one of the main lounges.

Fol­low­ing the show – which fea­tured old hits sprin­kled in with more mod­ern tunes – Sum­mer­set’s mar­ket­ing man­ager Tris­tan Saun­ders de­clared, ‘‘you have made ev­ery­one’s day’’.

Glo­ria Par­riss, a Rose­neath old girl, who is blind, said the con­cert was, ‘‘nice, very nice in­deed’’.

She has been at Sum­mer­set for just a few months and re­called her days at Rose­neath School – above Ori­en­tal Pa­rade in Welling­ton – in the early 1930s with fond­ness.

‘‘It was a grim time [due to the De­pres­sion] but I loved go­ing to school, it was some­thing you looked for­ward to.

‘‘I liked the fact you could look out over the har­bour, see all the way to Pe­tone.’’

She didn’t do a lot of singing at school but Sum­mer­set staff con­fided that Ms Par­riss has an ex­cel­lent singing voice.

The Rose­neath School visit in­cluded a tour of the vil­lage and af­ter­noon tea.

Old and new: Sum­mer­set Re­tire­ment Vil­lage res­i­dent Glo­ria Par­riss among Rose­neath School stu­dents, who put on a well-re­ceived con­cert on July 5.

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