A record Beaudesert crowd turns up for 2018 Carols in Jubilee Park

JUBILEE Park was packed with revellers last night for the 2018 Carols in the Park.

Families gathered on picnic blankets before the sun went down and there was plenty of sustenance available from food stalls and coffee vans.

Recently crowned Miss Australia Pre-Teen Katia Hall from Veresdale Scrub was also on hand to chat to locals and give out candy canes.

Councillor Michael Enright said it was the biggest crowd seen in a long time.

“It was a fantastic night and an absolute credit to the Rotary Club of Beaudesert supported by local Lions and Zonta clubs,” he said.

“Thanks also to all the talented entertainers who shared their gifts to make the night a most joyous occasion.

“And I was in charge of the weather, so that went well too.”

The audience joined in the sing-along for all the old favourites and enjoyed the show as local singers, dancers and entertainers took to the stage to lead the celebration.

Children were enthusiastic in helping A-Choired Taste with the actions to their version of The 12 Days of Christmas.

Other performers included the Combined Churches Choir, BAMS Theatre Inc, Joanna Funk, Jessica Holbrok, Bec Teese, Terry Fitzpatrick, Robyn Ryan and Keith Dunn.

Tiffany Kuiper once again belted out a few favourites including Mary Did you Know and Go Tell it on the Mountain, keeping the audience captivated with her beautiful voice.

Other highlights of the evening included Llinos Hanson, who presented a moving Christmas rendition in Welsh of Leonard Cohen’s Halleluja and an enthralling performance from Beaudance Academy’s pre-primary students.

No Christmas event would be complete without Beaudesert’s own Santa Claus, Keith Reinke who once again donned his red suit and took to his throne to greet all the children.