Car­ols by the river

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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.

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