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BE­ING back at the Air­lie Beach fore­shore made all the dif­fer­ence to this year’s Ro­tary Carols by the Beach.

Ro­tary Club of Air­lie Beach pres­i­dent Fred Dick­son es­ti­mated more than 1000 peo­ple hit the fore­shore on Sun­day af­ter­noon for the an­nual Christ­mas ca­per.

It was Mr Dick­son’s third carols event in Air­lie Beach but the pre­vi­ous two oc­ca­sions had been moved to the Whit­sun­day PCYC due to bad weather.

Mr Dick­son said be­ing out and about in the open trans­formed the carols into some­thing mag­i­cal.

“The at­mos­phere was really good. In­stead of be­ing crushed into what be­comes a really hot room, we were out­side,” he said.

“It was a very good show this year and we were pleased with the turnout.

“I thought it was a great event and it was nice to see ev­ery­one out there sup­port­ing it.”

Mr Dick­son said the Ro­tary Club of Air­lie Beach cleared about $2000 from food stalls be­fore tak­ing ex­penses into con­sid­er­a­tion.

Choirs and bands from through­out the re­gion en­sured a night to re­mem­ber.

Santa stole the show in the evening, ar­riv­ing by po­lice es­cort be­fore meet­ing the chil­dren of the Whit­sun­days.

JIN­GLE BELLS: The Can­non­vale State School choir in ac­tion on Sun­day.

HO HO HO: Ilaam Syme meets Santa at the Ro­tary Carols by the Beach.

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