MORE than 150 adults and children attended the Merriwa Carols in the Park at the weekend.
Arranged by the combined Christian churches in town, the festive function took place under a pleasant summer’s evening after a light rain shower cooled the temperature.
People started to arrive for the carols early, soaking up the wonderful atmosphere.
On sale were sausage sandwiches and soft drinks.
A highlight of the evening was the arrival of Santa, courtesy of the Merriwa RFS truck.
The jolly man in the red suit participated in the proceedings, explaining the role and origins of Saint Nicholas, now known as Santa Claus.
After the carols, he distributed his bag of goodies to the children and had many photos taken with them.
The very talented Master of Ceremonies Sally Hagley encouraged the responding crowd to participate with her lively antidotes.
She interviewed Teletha Sawley, a coordinator of the newly-formed Merriwa Create and Grow playgroup, who explained the role and aims of the organisation.
All proceeds from the sausage sizzle stall go to the group to enable them to purchase much-needed items.
Music was supplied by Andrew Luke on saxophone and Ron Campbell on the Hammond organ.
The Merriwa Central School Choir, under the leadership of Sam Holden, sang six carols, accompanied by Santa.
Amplification was provided by Jake Macintyre and, as usual, by the quality of his equipment, it added to the sound production.
“I would like to thank all who helped with the setting up of the stall, arranging of seating and for the carrying of the Hammond organ onto the site,” Mr Campbell said.
“This is the great community spirit that prevails in Merriwa and makes this event an outstanding success.”
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