IOM Tour – Day 5

We began our fifth day with the usual sausage, eggs, bacon, beans and a whole array of other delicious breakfast materials. After allowing our food to digest slightly we were yet again whisked off for our usual morning practice, this time at All Saints, Douglas. It was a slightly sombre practice knowing that the church in which we were singing would be knocked down within the next month or so. However, we powered on and left the rehearsal feeling prepared for the service that was to come in the evening. We next travelled down to Pickwicks in order to stock up on various goodies, mostly sweets. We were, however, under strict instructions from Matron not to eat any of them before our lunch which was chicken and chips. Our afternoon activity after our lunch was split. The Head Choristers and Team Leaders attended a wonderful afternoon at the venture centre. Whereas the other boys travelled to Mooragh Park for an afternoon on the pedalos followed by football. Despite the juniors being on water it seemed that the seniors were actually the ones who returned to the Hydro more wet, especially Master McAteer! After a quick shower we began tea. The starter consisted of spring rolls, pâté and fruit juice. For main, cod or chicken or curry all served with a great amount of vegetables which were devoured in what can only be as described as record time, in anticipation for the service to come. Pudding was lemon tart or trio of Manx Ice Cream. After this tea we went to sing our fifth service of the course, which lived up to our practice. Ben Hodson and Max Cross read the two lessons exquisitely. The service was topped off with an excellent solo of Morning Glory sang by James Bettess. We finished the service by being greeted with tables of cakes from our gracious hosts – we are truly going to miss All Saints. On arrival home we were all extremely tired from a exciting day and we were all eager to go to bed. Thank you for reading – we hope you come back to read tomorrow!

Max Cross and Patrick Hurley
Head Choristers

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