Com­mu­nity glows at an­nual show

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Perera

Last Satur­day night saw sev­eral thou­sand peo­ple make their way to Dampier’s Hamp­ton Oval to enjoy a night of Christ­mas cheer with twi­light mar­kets, rides, crafts, and car­olling.

It marked the first year the an­nual Carols by Glow­light event had been held to­gether with the town’s pop­u­lar monthly beach­side mar­kets.

Mu­si­cian Michael Smith started the night off with acous­tic tunes be­fore Dance Kix, Mil­lars Well Pri­mary, Pegs Creek Pri­mary, Kar­ratha Pri­mary, Red Earth Har­mony and spe­cial event Kar­ratha Com­mu­nity Choir took to the stage to lead the crowd in carols. Pegs Creek Pri­mary’s Feliz Navi­dad and the clos­ing com­bined per­for­mance of We Wish You a Merry Christ­mas were stand­outs.

ABC North West’s Tan­giora Hi­naki was MC and Niall Gib­son from the Sal­va­tion Army spoke about the re­li­gious mean­ing be­hind Christ­mas.

Events man­agers David Yakas and Tamika Jones from Wrapped Creations helped bring the mar­kets on board with Carols by Glow­light this year. They said the huge crowds were a re­sult of fus­ing the two.

“We thought to bring two events into one, we can make a bet­ter event,” they said. “Each usu­ally at­tracts 2000 peo­ple, so pull them to­gether and you get a great turnout.”

Dampier Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent Sharon Ver­ti­gan said bring­ing the mar­kets on board meant more com­mu­nity in­volve­ment and she hoped at­ten­dees had en­joyed them­selves.

“I hope that ev­ery­one has a good time and a merry Christ­mas,” she said.

Pic­tures: Ali­cia Perera

Mil­lars Well Pri­mary School stu­dents per­form a Christ­mas carol.

Chil­dren play in a sea of foam from the Kar­ratha Vol­un­teer Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice’s firetruck.

Sammy Garbin, 5, Abi­gail Garbin, 7, and Faith Garbin, 9, with their light-up pin­wheels.

Huey Davis, 6, and Flynn Hov­ingh, 5, enjoy Carols by Glow­light in style.

Peg’s Creek Pri­mary School stu­dents and the Kar­ratha Com­mu­nity Choir sing carols.

Kar­ratha Com­mu­nity Choir sings on stage.

The Sal­va­tion Army’s Niall Gib­son ad­dresses the crowd.

Ru­bin Tann, 3, Bonni Bliz­zard and Molly Tann, 4.

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