BUMPER CAROLS BY THE BEACH
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.