Carols unite community
A decision was made early to move the event from the recreation reserve to indoors because of early heavy rain and the prediction of thunderstorms.
The change of venue failed to dint community spirit with a wonderful night of carols, some great soloists and bands plus beautiful choirs.
The kindergarten children from Leongatha Children’s Centre opened the night with a cleverly sung and acted piece which really set the night off on the right footing.
The South Gippsland Shire Brass Band, the South Gippsland Singers, the Leongatha Primary School choir, Beggs to Differ, Jen Monk and Aaron Gale all performed beautifully as the crowd joined in with the carol singing.
The Salvation Army’s Sagala children performed the Christmas play perfectly to focus everyone on the true meaning of Christmas.
Earlier on Santa Claus arrived to the excitement of children and the many children’s activities in the St Laurence’s playground kept everyone amused before the main event.
One of the organisers, Margaret Aeschlimann, said the crowd responded well to the change of venue.
“Although people would prefer an outdoor venue, the St Laurence’s now gives us a great alternative if we do have inclement weather,” Mrs Aeschlimann said.
“People still brought their chairs, rugs and food and there was a real buzz around.
“We particularly want to thank Megan Harris for being our MC for the night. She did a fantastic job and we thank her for giving up her time.”
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