Delighted pupil shares joy on air

Sophie Shooter aged 9 and her class mates entertained by the Archbishop of York on the drums during his visit to Tadcaster East Community Primary School
Sophie Shooter aged 9 and her class mates entertained by the Archbishop of York on the drums during his visit to Tadcaster East Community Primary School
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A Tadcaster youngster was so excited about a forthcoming visitor to her school that she went on air to share her news with millions of listeners.

Sophie Shooter, 9, phoned the Radio 2 Chris Evans Breakfast Show to tell him of the impending visit of the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu.

Before the visit the children in Rowan and Holly class had a portrait drawing competition. Melissa Whittlestone aged 10 years presented her winning portrait of the Archbishop to him as a reminder of his visit to Tadcaster East Community Primary School

Before the visit the children in Rowan and Holly class had a portrait drawing competition. Melissa Whittlestone aged 10 years presented her winning portrait of the Archbishop to him as a reminder of his visit to Tadcaster East Community Primary School

A spokesman for Tadcaster East Community Primary, where Sophie is a pupil, said: “After listening to Sophie on the radio on Monday morning the Archbishop was keen to meet her and even gave her a drumming lesson during assembly.

“And she followed this the next day with a report on the morning’s events.”

The visit came after four children from Tadcaster Grammar School - Scott Wright, Noah Wilson-Bell, Emma Booker and Emma Hornshaw - invited the Archbishop to the school after an inspirational visit to York Minster last year.

During his visit The Archbishop lead a school assembly in which he told the children about his role in the church.

He explained to the captivated audience about the meaning behind his robes, miter and ring.

“Perhaps the part that even the youngest child will remember the most was when he began to play his drums while the children sang,” added the school spokesman.

“The oldest children then had the opportunity to interview the Archbishop and talk with him about his life and his work.”

Willow Class pupils then invited him for morning coffee with specially baked goodies.

Before the visit the children in Rowan and Holly class had a portrait drawing competition.

Melissa Whittlestone aged 10 years presented her winning portrait of the Archbishop to him as a reminder of his visit to us.

Shortly before Christmas 2010, the Chris Evans Breakfast Show broadcast live from the Bishopthorpe Palace home of the Archbishop of York, where Dr Sentamu cooked for the team.