Carols ring out over rail lands

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Carols ring out over rail lands

Mount Gambier’s rail lands overflowed with an estimated 5000 people who flocked to the Blue Lake Carols on Sunday night.

The lawn was covered with onlookers which contributed to the multiple rows of people lined up on the railway station platform.

The 76th installment of the event saw performances from Dave Blackett, Gabriel Struan, the Limestone Coast Symphony Orchestra String Ensemble, the Salvation Army Brass Ensemble and various high school students.

Blue Lake Carols event coordinator Rudy Furlong said he estimated a further 5000-10,000 people watched the event via live stream.

“There was a huge crowd and some incredibly positive responses on social media,” he said.

“There was a great family atmosphere, in fact people were sitting up towards Bay Road … and just sitting on blankets playing board games and entertaining their kids.

“The artists knocked it out of the park.

“I think all the performances were well received, judging by the applause.

“There was quite a few that I thought did exceptionally well that will certainly be invited back next year.”

This year the children were catered for with face painting, balloon animals and hair braiding which all proved popular.

Electric candles were on sale and the food and coffee vans were kept busy, while Mount Gambier Mayor Lynette Martin OAM delivered a mayoral address followed by Liberty Church youngster Alex Bernard who spoke about the birth of Jesus.

Mr Furlong said this year’s inclusion of two large electronic screens will continue at next year’s event due to the large gathering.

“Having two screens helped people to stay engaged,” he said.

“These events are only successful when people turn up and I want to thank the Limestone Coast region for supporting us every year and for turning up, it is really appreciated.

“I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and an incredible and exceptional 2024.”

This year’s carols were made possible by sponsorship from silver sponsor Crossmuller and bronze sponsor Atkins Health Centre.

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