Carols bring crowd to the square

THE sweet sounds of Christmas filled the air in Naracoorte's town centre on December 15.

"Carols in the Square" was on and close to 400 locals gathered with their deck chairs, blankets and snacks to enjoy the program.

Naracoorte Interchurch Council's David Hogarth said he was very pleased with the event.

"It was slightly different this year because we had the Christmas play running throughout with the carols interspersed in between," he said.

"The play was called 'The Best Christmas Gift of All' - that gift being the birth of Jesus.

"We often get a bit of criticism that it goes too late and gets too cold but everyone hung in there this year. 

"It went for exactly an hour which is what we wanted and the weather was on our side."

Highlights included the Naracoorte Singers, Erika Vickery's solo performance of "Mary did you know?", the primary choir and an address from Reverend Stefan Slucki.

There was no master of ceremonies for 2013, instead two narrators kept the story flowing - Max Life Church youth pastor Joseph Mahoney and Naracoorte Primary School Christian pastoral support worker Kylie Bailey.

The pastoral support worker from Naracoorte High School Trevor Barnett was also involved playing the Archangel as well as Naracoorte South Primary School's pastoral support worker Micheal Becroft who played King Herod.

Mr Hogarth's wife Yvonne, who is a member of the Naracoorte Uniting Church and part of the "Carols in the Square" sub-committee, said there was great involvement from all the local churches.

"There was just a generosity of spirit in the churches and the community," she said.

"There was a real God with us feel...it was really lovely."

The Lutheran church ran the drinks stall, Rotary made donuts - of which all the profits were donated to the local chaplains - the Gospel Men manned the barbecue and the Scouts sold electronic candles.

Mrs Hogarth thanked Otto and Faye Modra who put a lot of time into setting up and organising the costumes, Pastor Grant Spangenberg who gave thanks at the end of the night, True Vine book store for opening its premises, Reverend Slucki for his message and Naracoorte Lucindale Council for its support.

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