Coast spreads Christmas cheer
MISCHIEVOUS elves, Santa’s little helpers, a magic show and two Christmas choirs were just a few of the attractions at Saturday night’s Carols in the Village, hosted by the Hervey Bay Historical Museum.
The children delighted in the antics of magician John Andersen and were more than happy to lend him a helping hand during his magic show.
Two choirs, the Twin Shores Choir and the Pialba State School Choir, also entertained the crowd, which was estimated at 300 people, singing Christmas favourites such as Hark the Herald Angels Sing and Frosty the Snowman.
Annie Fraser was the first solo singer of the night, singing When Christmas Comes to Town and Away in a Manager.
Organiser Brian Tayler was delighted with the turnout.
“There are a lot more here than last year, by a long shot,” he said.
“Everyone is in the Christmas spirit.”
Anne and Duane Richards were at the carols with their children, Jacqui and Ben, on Saturday night. They were looking forward to seeing their other daughter, Chloe, perform with the Pialba State School Choir.
“We’re looking forward to seeing her up there,” Anne said.
Lacy Greenslade, 6, and Zoe Greenslade, 2, were looking forward to singing along with their favourite carol, Jingle Bells.
Jingle Bells turned out to be a popular choice on the night – Sandra Kupsh was also looking forward to hearing the traditional favourite but was excited to see the carol had been given an Aussie twist.
“It’s most appropriate,” she said.
“If all the kids could learn that, it would be great.”
Sandra’s family attended the carols with her last year but were unable to attend this year.
That didn’t stop her from coming out though.
“I wouldn’t miss this for quids.”
All funds raised on the night went to Hervey Bay’s Riding for the Disabled.
Eden Bartlett, who volunteers for Riding for the Disabled, said it was great to see so many people out in support of a great cause.
“Without this sort of thing we can’t keep going.”
David Kronk, the president of Hervey Bay’s Riding for the Disabled, agreed, saying it was wonderful to see so many people enjoying themselves.
“Hervey Bay Historical Village have really taken us under their wings.”