Car­ols come of age


Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page - Michele Nu­gent

IN the 21 years since Car­ols in the Park has been an an­nual twi­light event at Bur­swood fore­shore, it’s been can­celled only once – when storms and tor­ren­tial down­pours got the bet­ter of or­gan­is­ers.

De­spite the can­cel­la­tion, the Bur­swood Park Board team led by Sam Franco still go through six busy months of prepa­ra­tion each year to stage what has be­come one of Perth’s favourite fam­ily Christ­mas events which at­tracts more than 4000 peo­ple.

This year will be the event’s 21st an­niver­sary and Mr Franco said it would be the big­gest and best yet, with per­for­mances be­gin­ning at 6.30pm by the Can­ning City Brass Band, Johnny Young Tal­ent Team of WA, Take Note Singers and the Coastal Scot­tish Pipe Band WA.

At 7.30pm, the re-en­acted Christ­mas story and car­ols con­cert will be­gin, with hosts Monika Kos and Graeme But­ler keep­ing the show rolling along un­til about 9pm. Mr Franco, who has been re­spon­si­ble for en­sur­ing the event’s smooth stag­ing for the past 20 years, said his own fam­ily al­ways en­joyed the fes­tive, friendly at­mos­phere by the river.

He joined the board the year after the first con­cert and in­tro­duced el­e­vated stages on the back of semi-trail­ers dec­o­rated with hay bales.

To­day the show has so­phis­ti­cated stag­ing, sound and light­ing, plus pub­lic ameni­ties.

A gold coin do­na­tion will buy a can­dle or a song­book, with all pro­ceeds again go­ing to the Kent Street Se­nior High School chap­laincy fund and Rid­ing for the Dis­abled.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Car­ols in the Park or­gan­iser Sam Franco with Ella Ta­vani (6), Os­car Mitchell (5) and Zoe Salt from Can­ning City

Brass Band.

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