order order to welcome Pacific Island
athletic teams to the UK, PISUKI hosted a reception in Manchester
at the Castlefields Hotel. The event was well attended and very much
enjoyed by all. The dancing and entertainment part of the evening
was televised by an outside broadcast team from Singapore television which
happened to be staying in the hotel.
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from the UK Kiribati Association entertaining the Pacific athletes and
guests at the Castlefields Hotel in Manchester.
Vanuatu Pacific Games team, pictured here with Linda Bateman (CG Team
Helper) and Chevening Scholars Edward Nalial, and James Odo.
Alex Collingwood-Bakeo, Yama Natuka,
Marie-Estelle Kapalu, Denison Tari,
and Odo Tevi meet up at the start of the evening.
By special request, a
picture of the Vanuatu Chevening Scholars outside the ground of Manchester United
FC. Commonwealth Games or not, no trip to Manchester is complete
without a visit to Old Trafford -- even for Edward Nalial, a Liverpool
White (Right) with his young dancing partner, Noelyn Hardy, in their
splendid dancing outfits at the reception. Nathan & Noelyn helped
Terri Pollard, the main organiser of the event, welcome guests on arrival.
The Vanuatu team with
their Commonwealth Games helpers Linda Bateman and Sarah Burman (centre rear),
both of whom joined the BFOV on the evening. Both Linda & Sarah hope
to visit Vanuatu in the coming year.
Commonwealth Games Vanuatu team helpers Linda Sarah and Stewart, all of
whom say they were 'won over' by that special Vanuatu something in their
dealings with the team over the Games fortnight.
The Solomon Island
team and PISUKI Solomon Islands members, making merry by leading a Pacific
singalong in the course of the evening.