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Disappointment at cancelled carols

The cancellation of Moama's Carols by Candlelight prompted dozens of responses to a post on the Riv's Facebook page yesterday.

RENEE THOMPSON December 18, 2013 4:34am

Last year's carols event at Kerrabee Soundshell.

The cancellation of this year’s Carols by Candlelight at Moama’s Kerrabee Soundshell has divided the community on social media.

The long-running carols event usually attracts about 1000 people each year.

The Moama Lions Club decided the December 22 event would probably not attract the numbers because of the timing of another big community event, the Christmas Spectacular, which is being held the night before.

The cancellation prompted dozens of strong responses to a post on the Riv’s Facebook page yesterday, with many readers expressing their disappointment that the traditional carols would not go ahead.

Some blamed the cancellation on the Spectacular, while others were quick to defend it and called for community cohesion.

Moama Lions Club president Phil Hocking assured residents the traditional carols would go ahead next year.

‘‘We haven’t abandoned Carols by Candlelight, we’re going to run it next year,’’ he said.

‘‘(The date) depends on how things pan out with other groups next year. I feel sure that we can work together.’’

Echuca Epicentre pastor Dylan Le Clerc said the Christmas Spectacular venue and date were carefully considered when organising this year’s event.

The Spectacular had previously been held at the Soundshell but organisers realised they needed more capacity.

‘‘We had to change venues because we outgrew the Kerrabee Soundshell, plus it’s right next to the highway, so it’s a bit dangerous,’’ he said.

‘‘It (December 21) was the only night we could have the Spectacular at the new venue.’’

He agreed the groups could work together in future.

‘‘We will work with the Lions Club to ensure the carols run next year,’’ he said.

‘‘The more events the better.’’

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