YOUNGSTERS from an Isle of Wight primary school brought some Christmas spirit to Ryde Pier Head by singing for commuters waiting to board the FastCat to Portsmouth.

The performance by students from Dover Park Primary School in Ryde was the first part of this year’s festive music performances by Island groups on Wightlink’s ships and ferry ports.

Anita Wilcox, headteacher at Dover Park, said: “The children put a lot of time and effort into learning their Christmas songs, so it was a wonderful experience for them to be able to share their music with Wightlink’s passengers and staff.” 

Wightlink’s Fishbourne to Portsmouth ferries will also host several events, including performances by Fusion Arts Academy’s pop and musical theatre-inspired Wight Notes Choir today (Monday).

Osel’s The Way Forward Choir, which supports adults with learning disabilities, autism and mental health issues, will be singing on Friday (December 16).

Members of the Wightlink in the Community group will also be showcasing their skills.

Viola player Andy Hicks of the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra will perform festive classics on Wednesday (December 14).

Jukebox Jazz will be on board on behalf of Newport Jazz Club next Thursday (December 22).

Phil Delaney, Wightlink’s commercial director, said: “We are proud to support many Island arts groups, and it’s lovely they can perform this Christmas, especially as everyone missed out over the last couple of years due to the pandemic.

“As well as being a rewarding experience for the singers and musicians and an opportunity to raise funds for charity, we hope it provides some welcome festive cheer for those travelling in the busy lead-up to Christmas.”