Living Advent Calendar Day 4 – Aboard the New Orleans

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Last night on the New Orleans boat there was standing room only for the fourth night of the Living Advent Calendar.  People starting queuing at 5.30pm to get a space on board.  Julie Perigo, organiser of the Living Calendar event said, “Over the first few nights, the numbers have doubled on last year’s and I advise people to arrive early for venues where there are limited places.”  It’s fantastic to see so many people.”

David Nimmo-Smith, Henley’s Oxfordshire County Councillor and Town Councillor introduced the evening before Toby Marlow came out from behind the door in his Santa outfit to sing and play some Christmas songs for the audience.  Toby, 19 who lives in Henley is currently on a gap year before he hopes to go to university next year to study English.  This is his second appearance at the Living Advent Calendar, he performed last year with his Mum and Dad.  He opened his show with his version of ‘Silent Night’ followed by one his favourite Christmas songs ‘River’ by Joni Mitchell.  He then went on to sing his own song ‘Over My Shoulder’ and finished with ‘The Christmas Song’.

The evening was sponsored by Hobbs of Henley who provided mulled wine and the Henley Chocolate Cafe who provided delicious mince pies for the audience.  They also kindly donated the raffle prizes of a cream tea for two and a day’s boat hire.  All money raised from the raffles will go to the four chosen charities; Regatta for the Disabled, Henley Youth Centre, the Oceans Project and the the Royal British Legion.

Tonight’s performance will be at the River & Rowing Museum at 6.15pm and the evening is sponsored by the main sponsor this year, Sotheby’s International Realty.

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