Christ­mas story a cut above

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - KEA­GAN EL­DER

TOWNSVILLE will be trans­formed into the town of Beth­le­hem to retell the story of Christ­mas.

More than 40,000 peo­ple are ex­pected at this year’s event where vol­un­teers will dress up and re- en­act the birth of Je­sus.

Hos­pi­tal­ity co- or­di­na­tor Ch­eryl Gosper said a team of vol­un­teers yes­ter­day cut up thou­sands of slices of Christ­mas cake.

“It’s our first evening of cut­ting. We hoped to cut up about 4000 pieces,” Mrs Gosper said.

She said more cakes do­nated by or­gan­i­sa­tions and pri­vate donors would be sliced up next week, bring­ing the to­tal to about 8000 slices.

Christ­mas cake along with tea and cof­fee will be handed out for free at the Sta­ble on the Strand. Mrs Gosper said the main fo­cus of the event would be the sta­ble, with “a real- life baby Je­sus”, telling the story of the Christ­mas ori­gin.

“I think it brings back the real mean­ing of Christ­mas,” she said.

Sta­ble on the Strand will be held at Strand Park on De­cem­ber 18- 22 from 5.30 to 9.30pm.

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