VIP re­cep­tion at ferry ter­mi­nal

The Arran Banner - - News -

Lam­lash Pri­mary School’s brass band fi­nally got the chance to per­form at the new Brod­ick ferry ter­mi­nal last week, where they re­ceived a VIP re­cep­tion.

Orig­i­nally sched­uled to per­form at the of­fi­cial open­ing cer­e­mony, which was post­poned twice, the pupils were on hol­i­day when the ter­mi­nal fi­nally opened in April.

De­ter­mined not to let the chil­dren down, ex­ec­u­tives from Cale­do­nian Mar­itime As­sets Lim­ited (CMAL) with the help of CalMac port man­ager Colin McCort, ar­ranged a spe­cial visit for the pupils.

Is­sued with VIP lan­yards, the chil­dren were given a spe­cial tour of the ter­mi­nal and were given rare ac­cess to places where the pub­lic are gen­er­ally not al­lowed.

With per­mis­sion from the port man­ager, chil­dren stood on the pas­sen­ger ac­cess walk­way and re­ceived an up-close view of the ferry depart­ing.

Wav­ing good­bye to the pas­sen­gers, the ferry cap­tain made an ap­pear­ance on the bridge and while wav­ing to them, blew the ship’s whis­tle to the de­light of the chil­dren.

Af­ter a spir­ited per­for­mance by the brass band, led by de­pute head teacher David Lam­bert, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Kevin Hobbs com­mended the chil­dren on an ex­cep­tional per­for­mance which in­cluded The Skye Boat Song and We Will Rock You. Af­ter will­ingly per­form­ing an en­core, the chil­dren and par­ents were treated to soft drinks and choco­late bis­cuits and pre­sented with CalMac goodie bags.

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Band leader David Lam­bert joins the CMAL and CalMac bosses who at­tended the per­for­mance.

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The cap­tain on the bridge of the MV Cale­do­nian Isles waves at the chil­dren and blows the ship’s whis­tle.

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CMAL chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Kevin Hobbs wel­comes the chil­dren and thanks them for vis­it­ing.

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