What NDP means to participants: Soaked, but show must go on

Ms Lee Toh Ling (left) with fellow NDP 2010 participants. She was first involved as a performer in 1995 and 2000, and subsequently as a trainer. Her last NDP was in 2015.
Ms Lee Toh Ling (left) with fellow NDP 2010 participants. She was first involved as a performer in 1995 and 2000, and subsequently as a trainer. Her last NDP was in 2015.PHOTO: COURTESY OF LEE TOH LING

They are known for their colourful mass dance displays at National Day Parades, but for one Singapore Soka Association member, it is a rain-drenched rehearsal that leaps to mind.

Parade veteran Lee Toh Ling, who has been involved in 10 NDPs for the Buddhist group, says that in 2009 participants were caught in a heavy downpour during a rehearsal a month before the show.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 14, 2020, with the headline 'Soaked, but show must go on'. Subscribe