Caribbean calypso quells Christmas shopping blues in Portsmouth

UK – A group of youngsters brought a touch of Caribbean sunshine to drab, November Portsmouth, in a bid to raise cash.

The Pan Parade Steel Band eased Christmas shoppers’ blues when they performed in Commercial Road last Sunday.

Their aim was to raise money to replace their old steel pans which they have been using since they were formed two years ago.

The steel band was set up in 2015 by Neil Mogridge, a music teacher at Northern Parade Junior School, Hilsea, Portsmouth.

He said: ‘The band was originally formed by a group of Year 6 pupils from the school who enjoyed the uniqueness of the steel pan so much they have kept coming ever since.

‘The band is in desperate need of a new set of steel pans at a cost of £11,500 so we are looking for a sponsor as well as holding fundraising events.

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