Elvis is alive and living in Pattaya

Wednesday, 05 January 2011 From Issue Vol. XIX No. 1 By  Derek Franklin

On December 26th one hundred children from the Father Ray Children’s Home and the Pattaya Orphanage were invited to a Christmas party at the White Horse Sports Bar, located at the Eastern Grand Palace Hotel on Soi Khaotalo, over on the dark side.

The children tucked into a wonderful buffet of Thai and foreign foods and soft drinks from the bar. Whilst some children decided to sit inside, others sat outside and watched the arrival of the marching band from Pattaya School No.3, who walked straight into the bar where they played several tunes before giving a rendition of Happy Birthday to Mr. Carl Norval, host of the day’s party and proprietor of the White Horse.

Time to say farewell.Time to say farewell.

Carl and his family handed out Christmas presents to all the children, and in turn the children sang a selection of Christmas carols before once again singing Happy Birthday, in both Thai and English.

The highlight of the day was when Elvis strolled into the bar, not that many of the Thai children knew who Elvis was, but they did enjoy the magic show he performed.

After a few hours it was time to go home, but not before Carl presented a donation on behalf of the generous customers to both the Father Ray Children’s Home and the Pattaya Orphanage. It was a great day for all the children, many of whom had spent the previous days travelling around the hotels of Pattaya singing carols, so this was a great time for them to relax and for them to be entertained for once.

More information can be found at www.fr-ray.org or www.thepattayaorphanage.org

The birthday boy, Mr. Carl Norval.The birthday boy, Mr. Carl Norval.

All the children were given a Christmas gift.All the children were given a Christmas gift.

The food at the White Horse Pub is delicious.The food at the White Horse Pub is delicious.

The children enjoy the magic show.The children enjoy the magic show.

The girls from the Pattaya Orphanage are happy to meet Elvis.The girls from the Pattaya Orphanage are happy to meet Elvis.

Children from the Father Ray Children’s Home sing carols.Children from the Father Ray Children’s Home sing carols.

The marching band from Pattaya School No. 3 entertains the children.The marching band from Pattaya School No. 3 entertains the children.

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