Re-en­act­ment still the inn thing

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THE an­nual Stable on The Strand fes­tiv­i­ties are be­ing hailed a suc­cess.

Record num­bers have al­ready flocked to wit­ness the story of Christ­mas be­ing brought to life.

And with two nights to go be­fore the event wraps up, or­gan­is­ers be­lieve it can only get bet­ter.

‘‘We are aiming for about 25,000 peo­ple for the whole event and we are well on tar­get,’’ mar­ket­ing ex­ec­u­tive Peter Trea­sure said.

‘‘It’s been well re­ceived by the com­mu­nity and we are get­ting great num­bers to the Stable— out­do­ing what we have done be­fore.

‘‘We es­ti­mate an ex­cess of 10,000 peo­ple have gone through over the last cou­ple of nights, so we are av­er­ag­ing 5000 a night which is pretty good.’’

The 20,000 pieces of cake that were sliced to cel­e­brate the birth of Christ is be­ing quickly snapped up by the ea­ger vis­i­tors.

Mr Trea­sure said vis­i­tors had en­joyed not only the cake but, more im­por­tantly, the stable ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘The feed­back has been ex­cel­lent,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s a very the­atri­cal, a very mov­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for a lot of peo­ple es­pe­cially for Chris­tians.

‘‘But even just for the com­mu­nity it has been a very mov­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to go through and ac­tu­ally see and un­der­stand the mean­ing of Christ­mas.’’

A host of en­ter­tain­ment is planned for the com­ing two nights.

In ad­di­tion to the nightly Live on The Strand Christ­mas story, tonight will boast a per­for­mance by Abo­rig­i­nal artist Lex­ine Solomon and singing group The Res­onators.

To­mor­row night will fea­ture a Honolulu theme night at youth area as well as a iron man com­pe­ti­tion and a skat­ing demon­stra­tion.

Mr Trea­sure said clowns, bub­ble blow­ing, singing and danc­ing will also be among the fes­tiv­i­ties.

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