Moama Lions Club has decided to not run its annual Carols by Candlelight on December 22.TRENT HORNEMAN December 17, 2013 4:27am
Moama Lions Club has pulled the pin on this year’s Carols by Candlelight on December 22.
President Phil Hosking said the decision was not taken lightly after 25 years of running the event at Kerrabee Soundshell.
Mr Hosking said the group had traditionally hosted the carols in Moama on the Sunday night before Christmas.
He said another carols being hosted in Echuca by the combined churches had moved its date to the night before, impinging on the Moama event.
‘‘Previously, this event was also at the Moama Soundshell on the Saturday night of the week before. This year it is at the Echuca Aquatic Reserve the night before,’’ he said.
‘‘While it is not a direct clash, it would be too much to ask families to come to two carols in two nights.’’
Mr Hosking said the Moama carols attracted about 1000 people each year and featured a dozen musicians who donated their time to perform, as well as school children.
‘‘They are all disappointed, but they understand. We have had great support from the schools, as well as the musicians who play for us each year free of charge,’’ he said.
‘‘This year we had organised for the Echuca Federal Band, who used to run carols in Echuca, to play at our carols in Moama. They are disappointed they will not be playing this year.
‘‘Everyone involved in the carols is volunteering their time.
‘‘It is not over, just for this year,’’ he said.
Mr Hosking said he would look at other alternatives for next year’s carols.
Echuca Epicentre pastor Dylan Le Clerc said it was a shame the Moama carols had been cancelled.
‘‘It’s a different night, it’s in a different town and they cater for different people and they get the schools involved,’’ he said.
‘‘Our event is not like that. It’s an event more orientated towards the true meaning of Christmas.’’
Mr Le Clerc said he would be happy to work out dates with the Lions Club next year.
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