THE Rotary Christmas Carols brought a lot of joy to Emerald on Sunday with the event proving a festive success.
Event organiser Russel Reynolds said just under 1000 people attended, which was a great turn-out considering Emerald was cut off by flooding.
“It was great to see so many children involved, (the event) showed that Emerald shines,” he said.
“(The night) showed their talents, great choirs and great voices.
“Ian and Rachael were a big hit and where well received by all. They were down to earth and easy to work with. To get them out here was a real bonus.”
The night of Christmas festivities was held at Emerald Town Hall with Marist High musical band, Emerald State High jazz band and Emerald community band performing in the courtyard while people enjoyed a barbecue dinner.
The event then moved into the cool, air-conditioned hall that quickly filled to overflowing.
The Central Highlands children’s choir, Central Highlands community choir and combined schools choir all performed, much to the audience’s delight, and Russell said the best moment of the carols was when Ian sang O Holy Night and hit the “big” note at the end.
“I think everyone was on the edge of their seats, cheering him on to go for the big note and he did,” Russell said.
Ian’s efforts earned him a standing ovation along with Narelle McLeod’s song, A grown-up Christmas wish, which also brought the crowd to its feet.
“There were moments I had tears in my eyes, it all came together,” Russell said.
There were about 150 volunteers who helped on the night and Russell contributed the success of the event to their hard work.
“To every person who is a silent achiever, who make things happen, know that you are valued by the Emerald community,” he said.
HELICOPTERS may need to be considered as the new form of transport for Santa after they brought Christmas cheer to Capella by delivering Andrew Lawson to the carols on Saturday night.
The Carols by Candlelight event was without its main star when he was unable to get through due to flood waters, but Webb Helicopters came to the rescue and delivered him just in time to lead Capella in some good old fashioned carolling.
Local school principal, Angela Collins, also performed and was accompanied by Christie Marschke on piano and Tom Skellern on trumpet.
More Christmas cheer was had when Indianna Place won the colouring competition, Bridie Langtry took home the title of Best Child’s costume and Indianna, Scout and Myami Place won Best Dressed Family when they came as fairies.
Also announced on the night was the winner of the Christmas Lights Competition, awarded to Paul and Belinda Falland. Kayte and Ban Byron took out the Best Garden Lighting and Maccalyn, Bridie and Albey Langtry took out Best Novice Entry.
A great group effort was made when all the performers sang the grand finale, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, joined by the audience.
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