Children at St Nicholas’ Chantry Primary School in Clevedon took a musical trip down memory lane to mark the school’s 25th anniversary by reviving a song first performed by students two decades ago, but only after giving it a thoroughly modern sea shanty twist.
The song was originally performed at the official opening ceremony of what was then a new school on Highdale Avenue in 1996. However, while the words were found printed out in the old school logbook, there was no accompanying melody, prompting two inspired parents to take on the challenge of creating a new tune for the children to sing. Since the lyrics referred to a beacon safely navigating ships back into Clevedon Bay, the decision was taken to transform the song into a sea shanty in the style of ‘The Wellerman’, which became a huge internet hit this year for its performer, Nathan Evans. A video and audio recording of the song have now been made linking the year groups together as a virtual choir to celebrate the school’s silver anniversary, since Covid made an in-person performance impossible. The recording was played to open the school’s 25th anniversary picnic held on the field earlier in the summer and a special video version has been sent out to parents.