An amazing final day for the choir on the island. We began with the now familiar morning routine, apart from the walk – the first time this week it has rained. We then had a brief practice at St. Thomas’ prior to the Eucharist. The boys sang splendidly and conducted themselves in a way that many other, much older, groups would not. After the service we had a group photo and we thanked the vicar for letting us use the facilities there all week long. We returned to the hotel to a super Roast Beef dinner followed by Mandarin Trifle.
After lunch we walked down to the tram station and took it to Laxey. Some of the braver (or more stupid, maybe) ones among us decided to sit outside, in the cold – very few made it the whole way! The minibuses then picked us up to take us to Ramsey. Again this year the people of St. Paul’s put on an extraordinary tea for us – when you think that the cakes have finished coming and there are none left on the whole island, another tray comes out. We then practiced on a full stomach, or overfull in some cases (don’t worry, no one was sick). The final service was super, a remarkable end to a remarkable week. Both of us Head Choristers had an amazing final IOM tour and it will stick with us for the rest of our lives. A massive thank you to all the staff who work so hard to make this trip possible and to the boys, as well, for giving us such a wonderful experience.