SANTA’S orders saw the skies clear over Launceston just in time for the annual Carols by Candlelight in the City Park.
Although the days leading up to last night’s event were marred with wet weather, organising crews put in a super effort yesterday to pull everything together for the festive community event.
Even event co-ordinator Phil Crowden admitted that he wasn’t 100 per cent sure that it would go ahead.
“About 4.30pm the weather was looking pretty dicey,” Mr Crowden said.
“Showers during the afternoon meant some of our acts weren’t able to sound- check and were performing without one – which I think is really, really brave.”
Mr Crowden estimated that a crowd of about 8000 attended the event – a good turnout, he said, considering the not-so- spectacular weather.
This year’s musical line-up saw a lot of new faces step on to the stage, backed by the sounds of the Ross Challender Big Band.
Mr Crowden pegged the opening act, an electric violin trio featuring Michael Stocks, as one of the highlights, as well as Travis Hennessy, Nathan Wheldon and the Picasso Brothers.
“We also have a lot of families – siblings, parents and children – performing, which I think is fantastic and really enhances the family atmosphere of the event,” he said.
A quick glance around the park saw families out in force, sprawled on picnic rugs and huddled under blankets to take the edge off the cool, 15-degree evening.
And if there was a dollar for every Santa hat adorning a head – well, there would be a lot of dollars to donate to The Examiner Empty Stocking Appeal.
Carols by Candlelight is one of the appeal’s biggest fund- raising events, and the donations from the event will provide a last-minute boost in the appeal’s final three days.
This is the 32nd year that the Lions Club of Riverside has presented the carols.
Mr Crowden thanked sound and lighting crew Frontline, WHK accounting, Westpac and the Lions Club of Kings Meadows for their help during the event.
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