Plim­mer­ton carols this Satur­day


Plim­mer­ton’s Carols by the Beach next Satur­day will have some of its most ex­cit­ing per­for­mances yet, or­gan­is­ers say.

The fes­tive fam­ily favourite at Plim­mer­ton School is back for the ninth year this sum­mer, with thou­sands ex­pected to turn up.

There are lots of free ac­tiv­i­ties planned for kids and par­ents alike, in­clud­ing sing-along carols, on-stage en­ter­tain­ment, bouncy cas­tles and Zumba, as well as a visit from BJ Bear.

Keep­ing the event fresh af­ter eight years could be tough, but one of the or­gan­is­ers, Amy West, said the event was go­ing to be ‘‘big­ger and bet­ter’’ this year. ‘‘It’s a mix of the old and the new, with reg­u­lars as well as some new bands.’’

The mu­sic line up is dif­fer­ent this time around, with carols and mod­ern mu­sic, as well as school stu­dents per­form­ing.

Co-or­gan­iser Matt Wood said there was a fo­cus on get­ting lo­cal acts to play.

Avidiva and Cherry Bomb were two lo­cal names in the lineup, who would be cov­er­ing the clas­sics and could take re­quests on the day.

‘‘For adults we’ve got some re­ally great per­form­ers,’’ Wood said.

‘‘We lis­ten to feed­back from at­ten­dees and keep try­ing to im­prove.

‘‘It’s a re­ally good event and a chance to bring the com­mu­nity to­gether for Christ­mas.’’

Fam­i­lies are en­cour­aged to bring a pic­nic, but there will also be plenty of food avail­able to buy from food trucks.

Carols by the Beach is spon­sored by Porirua City Coun­cil and will be opened by mayor Mike Tana at 3pm.

‘‘It’s a fun free fam­ily night out at a busy time of year,’’ Matt said.

The event will go ahead in the school hall if the weather is bad.

Park­ing is avail­able a three­minute walk away from Plim­mer­ton School on Ul­rich St.

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