VIP reception at ferry terminal
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.
Band leader David Lambert joins the CMAL and CalMac bosses who attended the performance.
The captain on the bridge of the MV Caledonian Isles waves at the children and blows the ship’s whistle.
CMAL chief executive officer Kevin Hobbs welcomes the children and thanks them for visiting.