Stu­dents lead carol night fun

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Front Page - The Mar­garet River Con­cert Band and stu­dent singers will be lead­ing this year’s Car­ols in the Park, which starts tonight at 7pm.

Car­ols in the Park, the an­nual Surf­side Church com­mu­nity event, kicks off in Mar­garet River’s Reuther Park tonight from 7pm.

Carollers are urged to bring a rug and a few gold coins to buy elec­tric can­dles as singers from lo­cal pri­mary schools join the Mar­garet River Con­cert Band for a rous­ing cat­a­logue of fes­tive cheer.

Other no­table com­mu­nity singers will also per­form so­los on stage at the drug and al­co­hol-free event.

It is also ru­moured a cer­tain el­derly gen­tle­man with a ten­dency for dress­ing in red and hand­ing out treats could make an ap­pear­ance de­spite his busy sched­ule.

“The event is ex­tremely well sup­ported by lo­cal busi­nesses and com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions and brings ev­ery­one to­gether at this spe­cial time of the year,” Surf­side Church pas­tor Jack Hough said.

School chap­lain and songstress Kathryn Seisun said it was won­der­ful to have the ma­jor­ity of the re­gion’s pri­mary schools in­volved, with stu­dents re­hears­ing for the big night since last month.

“We ac­knowl­edge that Christ­mas is a dif­fi­cult time for some but we also want to shine a light of love to those who need it the most,” she said.

“It is a great night for all to en­joy.”

Con­cert band spokesman Tony Barugh urged all res­i­dents to drop by for a sin­ga­long.

“It’s about the joy of singing and bring­ing a smile to peo­ple’s faces,” he said. “It’s just such a fam­ily af­fair. “Ev­ery­body gets to sing. “It’s about keep­ing a great thing alive for oth­ers to en­joy.”

Tonight’s Car­ols in the Park will be fol­lowed by the an­nual Spirit of Christ­mas Fair, also in Reuther Park, on Sun­day from 8am.

Pic­ture: War­ren Hately

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