Canterbury Gardens carols won’t be dampened

Despite an expected wet weekend, carols co-ordinator Dave Richard is adamant the rain will clear in time for tomorrow evening’s event.

“If I am wrong we will move to the Eaglehawk leisure centre, which is just next door to the Canterbury gardens,” Mr Richards said. 

The carols – which have been running for more than 25 years – are to be held in the Canterbury gardens soundshell starting at 6pm with a free sausage sizzle.

Mr Richards said about 1000 carollers would attend. 

“We decorate the soundshell and it really comes alive,” he said.

“In fact it is quite a popular event, the whole community likes to get involved.”

He said the event would be free, apart from the drinks sold by the Eaglehawk scouts who keep the profits.

Sponsored by Roger King’s Supa IGA, the carols feature a line-up of local entertainment including school choirs, the Sing Australia Choir and the Our Place Minstrels.

The Eaglehawk Citizens’ Brass Band will perform during the evening along with three local guest soloists Gemma Goldsmith, Alexandra Frank and Albert ‘Skip’ Skipper.

Eaglehawk Citizens’ Brass Band conductor Ken Wellard said the group looked forward to the Canterbury carols every year. 

“It is a fantastic job and a fantastic atmosphere. The band love doing it and it is one of our cornerstone jobs of the year that we play for the community,” Mr Wellard said.

Santa will make an appearance at 8.30pm. Candles and candle holders will be available free of charge courtesy of the Eaglehawk Y Service Club and song books will also be passed around.

Other sponsors of the event include the City of Greater Bendigo, Eaglehawk UFS Dispensary, the Bendigo Advertiser, the Eaglehawk Lions Club and the Eaglehawk Rotary Club. 

Mr Richards said people should bring a chair or rug to sit on.

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