Crowds on song for event
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.
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.