Visitors share their heritage with guests

The young visitors from Taiwan with Mayor Norma Redfearn and Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell.
The young visitors from Taiwan with Mayor Norma Redfearn and Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell.

Young visitors from the Far East have been sharing their cultural heritage with local dignitaries.

A group of 26 children aged nine to 12 from Taiwan put on a special performance at the Northumbria School of English in Whitley Bay for Mayor Norma Redfearn and Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell.

They have spent a week in the town as part of the Starlight Goodwill Ambassadors of Taiwan.

The show, a heartwarming montage of traditional Taiwanese songs, sketches and storytelling, was introduced by Christine Goodwin, principal of Northumbria School of English.

It had also been performed at Whitley Bay Library earlier in the day to a delighted public audience.

Mrs Redfearn and Mr Campbell were both presented with gifts from the Starlight Goodwill Ambassadors group before enjoying the show, performed entirely in English.

Before the show, the children and guests were given a performance of local music heritage by Northumbrian Pipers Susan and Malcolm Craven, and both elected officials made a short speech along with the Taiwanese Consul.

The children enjoyed a week of cultural excursions in the region as well as English lessons every morning at the school.

They visited Bamburgh, Seahouses, St Mary’s Island, Blyth, had broomstick training at Alnwick Castle, learnt to play rounders and had a tug-of-war under the guidance of Keith Morris of Grass Roots Sports, had sandcastle competitions and lapped up the ice creams from De Meo’s in Whitley Bay.

Ms Goodwin said: “Since our school was established in 2008 we have brought hundreds of students from all over the world to study in Whitley Bay.

“This is the first time we have welcomed a group from Taiwan and we hope this project will be the beginning of a long relationship with the Starlight Foundation.

“Our students always enjoy and value the friendliness of the local community and the attractions of the town of Whitley Bay, the coast and the region.”