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Last Updated: Friday, 30 November 2007, 13:12 GMT
'Too loud' choir's Savoy invite
Children singing [Pic: Daily Post]
The children have been invited back to Llandudno's Victoria Centre
School children who were told their Christmas carol singing at a shopping centre was "too loud" have been invited to perform at London's Savoy hotel.

The 33 children from Ysgol San Sior at Llandudno will also be treated to Christmas lunch at the top hotel.

They were invited after the Savoy's manager read about police being called to stop the youngsters singing after shopkeepers complained about the noise.

The Victoria Centre in Llandudno has apologised and invited the choir back.

"The hotel rang us on Thursday morning and said they would pay for our travel down, pay for lunch for the children and they would also donate 1,000 to the school," said headmaster Ian Jones.

"We are really looking forward to the trip and we've decided that we'll give some of the donation to the Penysychnant Conservation Centre which has close links with the school."

I felt as a parent that there must have been a level of disappointment for the children
Kiaran MacDonald, Savoy general manager

The 33 children will start off for London at 0500 GMT on Thursday 6 December so that they can arrive in London at around 1200 GMT to sing to 300 business people.

"The children are really looking forward to it and after lunch the bus will take a tour of London so that they can see some of the sights, before everyone falls asleep on the bus on the way back," said Mr Jones.

Before then however the pupils will brave shop keepers at the Victoria Centre at Llandudno who complained last weekend about their "loud" singing.

"We are singing there again tomorrow (Saturday)," said Mr Jones.

"We'd booked to sing there twice, but thought after what happened last weekend we would not be allowed back.

"But the centre has apologised and asked us back again."

Community support

There has also been support from the community outside the school.

"I received a Christmas card from someone living in Dolgarrog this morning, wishing us well with the singing and enclosing a donation of 10 to the school," Mr Jones added.

Kiaran MacDonald the general manager of the Savoy said he had read about the San Sior choir's experience in the newspaper on his way to work.

"I was moved by the story and as the hotel was looking for a choir to sing at a charity event next week we decided to invite them down to sing for us.

"I felt as a parent that there must have been a level of disappointment for the children (when they were asked to stop singing) and I'm pleased and delighted that they are able to come done here.

"I hope it will be a memorable experience for all the children," he added.

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