Newfoundland kitchen party breaks out at Toronto airport after flight delayed

Marco Green
November 23, 2017

A group of Newfoundlanders heading from Toronto International Airport (YYZ) to St. John's International Airport (YYT) certainly made the best of their delay on Monday.

Sheldon Thornhill found out his WestJet flight would be delayed from Toronto to St John's on Monday night. In fact, livley accordion player Sheldon is notorious for striking up a conversation with anyone, paring it with his accordion.

Dozens of witnesses joined the old-fashioned Newfoundlander kitchen party, belting out "Sweet Forget Me Not", "Grey Foggy Day", "Aunt Martha's Sheep" and other folksy classics. "I'm a bit shyer than he is", Mr Sullivan told CBC News. "Anytime we're gathered around airports like that, he's often taking out his accordian just out of the blue and start playing for people".

Young Liam Corrigan, a 10-year-old, was able to steal the show with a solo during "Capelin Time". "I knew he was a decent singer and I didn't realize how good he's after improving".

"It was just Newfoundlanders having fun, enjoying each other's company", passenger Michelle Sacrey Philpott told in a telephone interview from N.L. "Music".

The WestJet captain was singing along, Sullivan said, adding that most people seemed to appreciate the entertainment after hours of travel.

"It's insane how many emails that I've gotten from people", she said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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