Carols by the river
Christmas carols, the glistening Murray River and a beautiful sunset greeted those who chose to celebrate Christmas in Tocumwal on Sunday night.
The annual Carols on the Riverbank saw hundreds line the foreshore levee bank, sit back and listen to local Nathan Haley perform on the old boat ramp.
Mr Haley was popular with attendees, asking them to join in and even pulling the kids up on stage to perform the classics ‘Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer’ and ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town’.
Tocumwal Fire and Rescue brought Santa along in its truck to distribute lollies for the youngsters, while local Graeme Stewart played on the bagpipes to finish off the evening.
Tocumwal Chamber of Commerce member Liz Lang said it was a great final community event for 2018.
‘‘The evening went well considering this is our first time on the boat ramp,’’ she said.
‘‘It was warmer than anticipated — we thought it would be cooler from the water breeze, but people found room up near the shade on the bank.
‘‘It’s hard to guess the numbers but we think it could have been up to 300 people. It’s great to see the people come out, bringing their visitors who are here for Christmas and enjoying a picnic tea.
‘‘We were very fortunate to have talented musicians in Nathan and Graeme perform.’’
Reflecting on 2018, Mrs Lang said it’s been a successful year for the town.
‘‘We’ve had more campers all year around. We’ve had drought but the good thing is we haven’t been flooded out.
‘‘All businesses seem pretty happy with how the year has gone, so we can call it a good year for Tocumwal.’’
John and Poppy Heran.
John, Nick and Dean Keleher.
Billy, Adam and Hannah Horneman.
Carly Doyle and Josie Watson.
Jack and Ashley Wiles.
Sarah Cable and Kate Steel.