Community glows at annual show
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.
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.