A CHOIR from Uganda, travelling on tour for almost three months, enjoyed a visit to several Isle of Wight venues.

One of the organisers of the Island venues, Robin Whaite, said it was the Pearl of Africa Children's Choir's first visit to the Island, and they loved coming here so much that they hope to be back next year.

They were deeply touched by the warmth of the welcome and the generosity of so many people.

They visited Brighstone Grange and Inglefield care homes, and schools including Freshwater and Yarmouth, Shalfleet, and Brighstone Primary Schools, Ryde School, and Christ the King College.

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There wasn't just singing, some of the audience were lucky enough to participate in workshops in song, dance or drumming, and take part in Q&As about Ugandan culture.

Thanks went to Rev Mark Evans and Newport Congregational Church, Rev Jackie Maw and
St Mary’s, Brighstone, and Rev Heath Monaghan and All Saints, Ryde.

Additional thanks went to the 1st Brighstone Sea Scouts, the Rainbows, and all the groups at the
Brighstone Scout Centre for their hospitality and friendship, to Dinosaur Isle Museum, Sandown, and, for practical and financial support, to The Three Bishops pub, Wightlink, and Quay Arts, plus the many volunteers who helped with driving, catering, craft sales, and other tasks.

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