Crowds on song for event

Midwest Times - - FRONT PAGE - Tamra Carr Joel and Leizel MacLach­lan, 19 months. Joel said he planned to spend Christ­mas sleep­ing. Jo­d­ina Gal­lie's favourite Christ­mas song is It's Be­gin­ning to look a lot like Christ­mas. Daugh­ter Kate­lyn McE­wan wants a pony named Bella.

Af­ter an es­ti­mated 3800 peo­ple packed Mait­land Park in Ger­ald­ton on Sun­day for Car­ols by Can­dle­light, or­gan­iser Glenda Boys and her team were ready to tackle the clean-up.

How­ever, they were faced with quite the sur­prise.

“The Sun City Youth group picked up all the rubbish,” Ms Boys said. “I was think­ing, where did those young peo­ple come from? “It was such a sur­prise to me.” The kind ges­ture helped cap off a thrilling night for Ms Boys, who said Ger­ald­ton’s big­gest car­olling event was en­joyed by par­ents and chil­dren alike.

Af­ter months of plan­ning an event to en­ter­tain a crowd of thou­sands, Ms Boys said the end re­sult was sim­ple: cre­at­ing a feel-good at­mos­phere for the com­mu­nity.

“There’s al­ways a feel-good el­e­ment to singing aloud,” she ex­plained. “It doesn’t mat­ter if you sing out of tune.

“And, peo­ple sing all these old, fa­mil­iar Christ­mas car­ols that they’ve heard all their lives. “It’s just re­ally good for you.” Ms Boys favourite Christ­mas carol is Silent Night.

The Ger­ald­ton Guardian at­tended Car­ols by Can­dle­light and asked event-go­ers what their favourite car­ols were, as well as what they were do­ing for Christ­mas and what they hope Santa Claus leaves un­der their Christ­mas tree.

Pic­tures: Tamra Carr

David Bray­brook and Donna Sanderson will be spend­ing Christ­mas with fam­ily this year.

Ger­ald­ton Lions Club mem­bers Lynn Lang­well, Julie Palmer, Tanya Skoglie, Paul Lang­well and Tim Os­borne. Their favourite Christ­mas tunes are Hark the Her­ald An­gels Sing, Feliz Navi­dad, Silent Night and "the reindeer fella."

Tony and An­nette Mof­fat, with Talarah and Ernest Dorizzi. Tony's favourite Christ­mas carol is Silent Night while An­nette likes Joy to the World. Talarah wants a uni­corn for Christ­mas and Ernest wants a Nerf gun.

Diane Herbert's favourite Christ­mas carol is O Come, All Ye Faith­ful while Kath Mill­ward en­joys the Aus­tralian ver­sion of Jin­gle Bells — in a rusty Holden ute.

Natalie Parasil­iti wants a house cleaner for Christ­mas. Her daugh­ters, Josie and Stella Parasil­iti, want an Elsa dress from Dis­ney movie Frozen and a toy pony with wheels.

Sally Williamson says Santa Claus has al­ready given her a cruise for Christ­mas. Mikayla O'Brien, 13, wants a new phone and James O'Brien wants a trip to Ore­gon.

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