Hundreds of people flocked to Queens Gardens last night for Shepparton's Carols by Candlelight.ALEXANDRA BOLKAS December 23, 2013 4:57am
Last night’s Carols by Candlelight marked the beginning of the first Shepparton Christmas for some.
Jo Bishop and son Harrison, 10 months, set up camp on a picnic blanket with her family to soak up the festive atmosphere in the balmy weather.
‘‘It’s Harrison’s first Christmas and his first carols — we’re here for him,’’ she said.
Mrs Bishop’s family formed part of hundreds that crowded into Queens Gardens armed with chairs, rugs and food supplies for the 39th year of the carols.
It was another first for family and musical group Restored, which led the singing of White Christmas, O Little Town of Bethlehem and Amazing Grace.
‘‘We moved from Sydney seven months ago
‘‘There is a nice atmosphere and Christmas spirit here tonight.’’
Kristy Rudd said her son Cooper, 3, was loving singing and dancing to the carols dressed up as Santa.
‘‘We come as much as we can — it gets us and the kids into the spirit of Christmas,’’ she said.
Performers from Initial Stages and the Turaton Christmas Choir took to the stage among many other local acts.
Auslan interpreters translated the carols using sign language.
Budding Kyabram actor Taylor Smith Morvell is one of 20 Victorian students chosen to perform his Year 12 theatre studies monologue in Melbourne next week.
The Yarrawonga and District Cemetery Trust has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Department of Health to undertake development work at the Yarrawonga cemetery.
Members of Murchison Book Club are hosting a literary lunch with Vivien Achia, author of Marrying Italian — When Love is Not Enough.
This year's Southern 80 ski race has reaped an estimated $36.2 million for the district economy.
Rochester and Elmore District Health Service has increased its radiology services from two to four days a week.
Tongala family hopes for transplant call for six-year-old.
Family of former Seymour man killed in a road crash in Los Angeles before Christmas set up a Melbourne University scholarship in his honour.
Tocumwal's Don Elgin is aiming to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland
Leitchville-Gunbower at home was too strong for Heathcote’s senior footballers in their first Good Friday clash.
Huge crowds turned out for Cobram Barooga's River Beaches Festival, which featured a special splash for 2000 rubber ducks.
South West Arts ArtOut will be held again in 2015 after last weekend's inaugural success.
Some of Australia’s greatest horses and just a few racetrack characters have appeared at the Benalla Racing Club’s grounds in its 150-year history.
Benalla's Kevin Harper will be honoured in the motorcade lap of honour at Melbourne Cricket Ground tomorrow for his service during the Korean War.
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