The 50th Carols by Candlelight was held last Saturday and, as anticipated, drew large crowds for a spectacular evening of singing and entertainment.
Forbes residents both young and old arrived at Victoria Park with picnic blankets, camping chairs, food and drink and settled in for a wonderfully vibrant line up of guest singers.
Once again, MC Judy Prior quite literally lit up the stage and the atmosphere with her delightful festival costume that featured real Christmas lights, tinsel and baubles. Judy’s enthusiasm and quick wit ensured laughter and joy between each performance which contributed to a seamless procession of guest singers and speakers.
Council’s very own Kimberly Ryan astounded all with her beautiful rendition of ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” and as she sang, children danced and played in front of the large screen beside the stage with their light up candles and flashing flower hair wreaths.
As the sun went down the park was illuminated by decorative Christmas lighting that hung from trees, was a true visual feast to behold.
Mayor Phyllis Miller gave the official welcome where she gave a heartfelt Acknowledgement of Country before urging residents to be safe on the roads over the holidays and wished the town of Forbes a prosperous year in 2020.
It was the Forbes Town and District Band who not only hosted the Carols with the support of the council, but also played through the evening, providing music for the song and maintaining a joyous and festive atmosphere for all to enjoy.