Songs of Praise in Puerto Pollensa

Canon Mel Smith

NOT even rain showers, a navy-blue sky and the landing (and taking-off) of the sea plane could deter the Anglican congregation in Puerto Pollensa from celebrating their Songs of Praise on the beach.

Last year the Songs of Praise took place in torrential rain, and this year, after weeks of glorious sunshine, the rain started again.

Led by the Anglican Chaplain in the North of Mallorca, Canon Mel Smith, the congregation proved capable of managing any situation, and the rain hats, umbrellas and rain-jackets appeared as if by magic.

Members of the congregation had chosen their favourite hymns and introduced them to the congregation.

Four charities will benefit from the collection taken at the Songs of Praise; a children’s home in Nairobi, Africa; work in the Diocese of Peru; Age Concern Mallorca and a child survival programme in India.

This annual event attracts a wide audience. Holiday makers became involved. People returning from a swim joined in and even people taking the dog for a walk sat on the sea wall and took part.

The Choir
Events like this take a lot of organisation, but it is not often that one hears the Anglican Church saying, “Thank you to Elvis for the loan of his sound equipment”.

Songs of Praise, with a large audience needs a good sound system, and Fr. Mel was fortunate in borrowing the system from a local Elvis impersonator for the occasion. Thank you Elvis!

By Howard Mullen



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