Docking carollers entertain at the Hilton

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Youngsters from Docking Primary School and Nursery were very excited to be given the opportunity to travel to London and sing carols for guests of the Waldorf Hilton Hotel last week.

A group of 12 pupils were chosen to represent their school in performing three sets of carols and festive songs throughout Tuesday afternoon as part of the event.

Catherine Smith, class teacher for years three and four, said: “We chose our strongest and most musical singers to go to London, but it was a very hard decision.

“The children had never done anything like it before and they fell hook, line and sinker for it.

“They rehearsed every day for two weeks before we went and loved every second. It was really exciting.”

She added: “The Hilton was fabulous and they looked after us so well.

“I even got the chance to play their grand piano, which made my day.

“There were lots of tourists in the lobby when we were singing and they kept coming over and asking where we were from, so it helped put Norfolk on the map.”

The group travelled to London by train and combined the visit with a trip to Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery.

Mrs Smith said: “The children had a fantastic day and received wonderful comments throughout the afternoon. The hotel staff were delighted with our performance.”

The event has been organised by Barnardos, a national charity for children in crisis, and will see pupils from a different school across the country performing at the hotel each day, including weekends, in the run-up to Christmas.

Mrs Smith said: “One of the parents of the children who came along to sing actually works in a Barnardos charity shop so it was really nice to have it all tie in so well.”

Pupils from the school will also be performing to other audiences in the run-up to Christmas including some of the older pupils at Docking House Residential Home and the Hilton choir will be singing outside the Tesco store in Fakenham on the last day of term, next Friday morning.




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