Smoke cleared in time for celebration
SMOKE around Playford Park cleared just in time for this year’s Rotary Club of Padstow’s Carols by Candlelight.
Julie Harris from the Rotary Club of Padstow Carols Committee. said the crowd was up on last year with nearly 6,000 people turning out for the Christmas celebration on Sunday, December 8.
“We had the most beautiful weather, it wasn’t too hot and the sky was absolutely clear,” she said.
“It was a huge success with everyone enjoying the spirit of the evening, and we also raised more than $700 for the bushfire appeal.
“The entertainment was wonderful including the Ronald McDonald Magic Show, provided courtesy of McDonalds Padstow.”
The crowd also enjoyed performances from stage stars Rebecca Currier and Andrew Jones, who filled in at the last moment for Blake Fischer, and tenor Murray Mayday along with the Yagoona Brass Band, Ashley Judge, Lifegate Church Padstow, iShine Band and students from the Canterbury Bankstown Talent Advancement Program.
“And, of course, there was a special appearance from Santa,” she said.
“The Rotary Club of Padstow would like to thank event partner Canterbury Bankstown Council, platinum sponsors Torch Publishing, Lattouf Dental, McDonalds Padstow, A-Tech and Helloworld Travel, gold sponsors Bankstown Sports Club and Professionals Padstow, and silver sponsors Sunshine Meats, Omega Fire Protection and Revesby Workers’ Club.
“It is thanks to these amazing organisations, that the Rotary Club of Padstow was able to stage its 51st Carols by Candlelight.”