Victory Park the place to be tonight

Carollers of all ages will flock to Castlemaine’s Victory Park tonight to take part in this year’s Carols by Candlelight, organised by the town’s Rotary Club. 

Event co-ordinator Bill Maltby said the carols, which had been running for more than 20 years, attracted 400-plus people every year.

“We look forward to the carols every year because it brings a lot of people together,” he said.

Mr Maltby said entertainment for the night would include a performance by four local artists – Ellie Barkla, Tracy Candy, Molly Driscoll and Louise Bottomley – as well as the Thompsons Foundry Band.

Thompsons Foundry Band conductor Ed Wilcock said his band members were looking forward to performing at tonight’s carols.

“We virtually do carols all of December and really look forward to the Castlemaine community event.”

Mr Wilcock said his band of 20 to 25 members would be performing traditional Christmas songs.

The event will start with a visit from Santa at 7.30pm and the carols will begin at 8pm. 

Mr Maltby said carollers should bring a chair or rug to sit on and also a picnic if they wished.

“The event is free so there is no excuse not to come,” he said. 

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