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Public rally behind Carols

Saturday, 10th December, 2011

STEPPING UP: Kathryn Martin has organised this year’s Carols by Candlelight. STEPPING UP: Kathryn Martin has organised this year’s Carols by Candlelight.

By Darrin Manuel

The ‘king’ of Carols by Candlelight may have been forced to take a “back seat” this year, but a display of community spirit has ensured the show will go on tomorrow night.

Organiser and Master of Ceremonies, John Curtis, has been at the heart of the Carols celebration for decades, but has been spending time in Adelaide with his wife Judith, who is ill.

Mr Curtis’ recent absence had prompted some members of the community to worry that the city’s traditional singalong might not happen this year.

But his daughter Kathryn Martin has stepped into the organiser’s role, and said the event remained on track thanks to a groundswell of support.

“A lot of people had actually been asking whether carols would go ahead because Mum’s been sick,” said Ms Martin.

“But it’s been good so far. The community has been right behind us with Mum being unwell.

“It’s just a great community event, and with all the support we’ve received it’s got an even better community feel this year.”

Carols continues to be a massive drawcard in the holiday season, with thousands packing Sturt Park each year to sing Christmas favourites.

More than 2000 flocked to the event last year and were entertained by a variety of song and dance performances.

With the city already feeling festive after the success of the Christmas Pageant, a good crowd is expected to continue the celebrations tomorrow.

“I just think it’s a wonderful way to start Christmas and get into the spirit and ready to enjoy the festive season,” said Mrs Martin.

“The family can just relax and be entertained, and the weather is looking good so people can enjoy a picnic in the park before it all gets started.”

Food and drinks will also be available at the park from 6pm, with Carols set to start at 7.30pm.

This year’s program will feature several new talents, including vocalist Melanie Vierow and duo Daniel Farrugia and Andy O’Neill.

And despite his family commitments, John Curtis will be on hand to share in the singing.

“I just had a phone call from dad and he said he’ll be there,” said Mrs Martin. “It just wouldn’t be the same without him.”


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