INTERNATIONAL tenor Martin Toal will perform when All Saints' Catholic Primary School in Sale plays host to a team of 30 teachers from around Europe from October 10 to 14.

The school will be launching a week-long cultural event by hosting a special ‘Manchester’ Night on October 11 at 6pm in its hall and parish centre.

The night will feature performances from the Manchester Morris Men Dancers while All Saints' school choir will be fronted by Martin.

Martin, who is a regular performer on the international stage, is a former pupil at the school.

He said: "I am delighted to accept the invitation to return to my old primary school. I have lots of happy memories of my time there including of acting and singing so I look forward to performing once again in the old school hall"

Louise Keegan, the co-ordinator of the project at All Saints, said “It’s a fantastic opportunity for the children at the school to learn about other countries and cultures and develop their all-important language and communication skills.

"The students attend a weekly culture club and regularly contact other children in our partner schools through Skype sessions. The students are really excited about the visitors coming to see us and have been working really hard to get our school ready.”

The School has arranged a timetable of events for the visitors in and around the school and Manchester, which include a ‘Manchester Tart’ and ‘Eccles cake’ making workshop followed by an English tea afternoon which will be served by the children.

Another highlight of the trip is a visit to the 'Mark Addy' Pub in Manchester City Centre. The award winning hostelry has arranged a special ‘Manchester Menu’ for the visitors. This will be followed by a trip down the canal in a traditional Manchester Canal Barge to the ‘Theatre of Dreams’ – Manchester United's football ground, passing the sights of the city.

The week-long event is part of the ‘Comenius Project’ which is a two year scheme funded by the British Council. The aim of the project is to develop links between the UK and the six partner schools in Europe. The theme for the two year scheme is "Think Global, Act Local" and the children in each of the partner schools have been completing work to do with environmental issues.

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