Christmas arrives early at Wightlink

A medley of Christmas carols sung by members of The Way Forward choir

A medley of Christmas carols sung by members of The Way Forward choir got a series of seasonal performance on board Wightlink’s ferries off to a rousing start.

The 14-strong choir, comprising adults with learning or physical disabilities who attend courses under the Newport-based Way Forward programme, treated travellers on Wightlink’s Fishbourne to Portsmouth route with a selection of seasonal songs.

The performance proved a big hit with the crew and passengers alike.

Tracey Hill from The Way Forward says: “This was the second year we have performed on board the ferry and once again the choir had a fantastic time. It really has become a highlight of the year for the choir and we would love to come back again for future performances.

“The choir is all about helping its members grow in confidence and encouraging their independence and we are delighted that Wightlink has once again given us this opportunity to perform as part of its ongoing support for The Way Forward and its parent organisation Osel Enterprises.”

As well as performing Christmas carols, the singers also used the two round trips on board St Clare to collect money to support The Way Forward’s range of activities.

Wightlink Chief Executive Keith Greenfield says: “We have an excellent relationship with our friends at Osel as they supply all our bottled water so it is fitting that The Way Forward choir launched our programme of on-board entertainment over the Christmas period.”

Between now and Christmas there will be around a dozen onboard concerts given by local performers including the barbershop group Wight Harmony, local primary schools, the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra, Newport Jazz Club and the Isle of Wight Salvation Army band.