‘Lights up’ in Ruther­glen

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JAR­RYD BARCA

The dec­o­ra­tions went up early on Novem­ber 25 in time for the vis­i­tors from the Great Vic­to­rian Bike Ride to wit­ness the fes­tive spirit a coun­try town can pro­vide.

But the main event was Ruther­glen Lights Up, held on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 1.

“The night was re­ally good, it wasn’t a huge turnout but we had about 100 peo­ple all up, peo­ple re­ally en­joyed the Sanger Street band that came along and played which was re­ally good, and the ‘Wine, Women and Song’ who do­nated their ser­vices to us was re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated and en­joyed to,” Ms Ste­fanides said.

Ms Ste­fanides said all the hard work through­out the year in or­gan­is­ing the Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions has paid off.

“We are im­mensely grat­i­fied for the com­mu­nity sup­port in help­ing put those things up and the feed­back from the com­mu­nity has just been over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive,” Ms Ste­fanides said.

“Peo­ple have ap­pre­ci­ated that the street in Ruther­glen is nicely dec­o­rated but it’s been done by a whole cross sec­tion of peo­ple in the com­mu­nity.

“Thank you to ev­ery­one, all the groups, schools, scouts, guides and other clubs. The key in­gre­di­ent of the suc­cess of this oc­ca­sion is ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing in­di­vid­u­als who vol­un­teered their time, work­ing to­gether and do­ing their bit.

The Christ­mas spirit dis­played in Ruther­glen in the form of wooden trees, stars and other dec­o­ra­tions along Main Street has been ap­pre­ci­ated by the locals, ac­cord­ing to Christ­mas Dec­o­ra­tions Com­mit­tee mem­ber Deb Ste­fanides.

“It’s been a lot of run­ning around and co­or­di­nat­ing things.”

Ms Ste­fanides said Ruther­glen will con­tinue to dec­o­rate the streets and uti­lize the Ruther­glen Lights Up event in the fu­ture, ad­mit­ting to also want to ad­vance the oc­ca­sion to make it more “ma­jor”.

Ruther­glen Lions were in Gollings Square pro­vid­ing a BBQ for at­ten­dees, while coun­cil mem­bers, and Santa, also at­tended.

Chil­dren and fam­i­lies were pleased to see Santa at Ruther­glen Lights Up. Photo Si­mon Ginns.

Wine, Women and Song per­form­ing.

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