Carols come of age
FESTIVE TWILIGHT EVENT TURNS 21
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.
Carols in the Park organiser Sam Franco with Ella Tavani (6), Oscar Mitchell (5) and Zoe Salt from Canning City