Not-so-silent night in Griffith

IT WAS a not-so-silent night

in Griffith on Sunday when

the annual carols by candlelight

was held.

Around 3000 people, all in

fine voice, turned out for the

event, which was aimed at

getting the city in the festive


Santa was given a helping

hand this year by singing,

dancing and ukulele-playing,

Stew the Chef, who kept the

crowd entertained.

Organiser Jenny Ellis said

it was good to see so many

local families gather to enjoy

the entertainment.

“It is hard to get exact

numbers, but we certainly

had more people than in the

past two years,” she said.

“We handed out more than

800 gifts to the children. We

actually ran out because

there were so many.

“It shows that families are

keen to support us, which is

what we want to see.”

Mrs Ellis said carols by

candlelight had become a tradition

for many people.

“It is really getting a hold

on the community. Each year

we are getting people looking

forward to it,” she said.

Highlights of the night

included newcomer Deanna

Farnell, the talented dancers

from Jodie’s Dance Company

and the stunning fireworks


Following the success of

this year’s carols, there are

plans to bring out a CD featuring

favourites from the

past 10 years, which Mrs

Ellis hopes to have ready by

July 2014.

She is calling on locals to

contribute photos they may

have taken at the Griffith

Carols by Candlelight so they

can be added to the CD cover.

“If we want to see carols

continue we need more people

willing to be a part of the

committee,” she said.

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