Crowds for Light Party

Stratford Press - - Front Page - By ILONA HANNE

The Moun­tain View Vine­yard church light party cer­tainly wasn’t light when it came to the candy com­po­nent of the night.

In fact, a rather heavy 80kg of con­fec­tionary was handed out over the night, along with 800 drinks and 600 sausages.

Ann Wor­thing­ton, one of the or­gan­is­ers of the event which has been an an­nual high­light for Strat­ford chil­dren since 2004, says they think it was the big­gest year yet for the light party.

“We didn’t count peo­ple com­ing in. It would have been im­pos­si­ble, the line was so long at times, but we went through so many drinks and sausages and lol­lies, we think it was around 900 peo­ple.”

She says the or­gan­is­ers were grate­ful to ev­ery­one who got in­volved, from the fam­i­lies who at­tended, the church mem­bers who gave their time and cre­ativ­ity, and the lo­cal busi­nesses who helped spon­sor prizes and things on the night.

Strat­ford mum Sam Petrie says she loves help­ing her chil­dren plan their cos­tumes for the light party each year.

“It has be­come a bit of a thing for me. I like get­ting cre­ative and com­ing up with ideas for the cos­tumes to go with the theme.”

Sam’s son, Jake, was dressed as Rafiki from The Lion King in a cos­tume his mum put to­gether with some clever op shop­ping, sew­ing and face paint. Jake said he liked the party, “and win­ning lol­lies”.

Jake Petrie (5) went to the party dressed as Rafiki from The Lion King.

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