Guitar gift makes way from north Norfolk to remote village in South Atlantic

A Christmas gift of guitars has made its way from north Norfolk to one of the remotest villages on earth.

The story began a year ago when piano teacher Tony Triggs, who lives in Trunch, began a song-writing project, with children on the South Atlantic island of Tristan da Cunha sending poems and Mr Triggs' own young pupils setting them to music.

The result was a book of songs entitled Rockhopper Penguins.

Mr Triggs discovered that the island school has almost no musical instruments, with the children singing along to CDs when they give their annual Christmas concert.

He therefore decided to fund some musical instruments from sales of the book.


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There was soon enough cash for two guitars, bought from Kevin Barnes, of North Walsham's Music Hut, which were sent to the island children via a shipping agent in the Bedfordshire town of Biggleswade, who specialises in sending supplies to the South Atlantic, as lacking an airstrip, the island depends on a fishing boat making the week-long voyage from Cape Town every month or two.

Rockhopper Penguins is available at �7.50 from Tony Triggs, Mere House, Brewery Road, Trunch, North Walsham NR28 0PU, or by credit card from Ian Mathieson, Delacroix House, Braceborough, Stamford Lincs PE9 4NT (01778-560158; imathieson2000@yahoo.co.uk).

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