Community to unite for carols

Jenny Pryor, back, Mark Broadbridge, Tom Pryor, Mary Lewis, Michelle Simmons, front, Leanne Huckwell, Lenny Halfacre and Crystal Huckwell filled carols bags on Tuesday.
Jenny Pryor, back, Mark Broadbridge, Tom Pryor, Mary Lewis, Michelle Simmons, front, Leanne Huckwell, Lenny Halfacre and Crystal Huckwell filled carols bags on Tuesday.

MEMORIAL Park will be full to the brim with Christmas cheer this Sunday evening when the Port Pirie Ministers’ Association and HOPE Partnership holds Candlelight Carols.

The night kicks off with a community concert from 6.30pm featuring schools, local artists as well as a children’s presentation by Steve Stokes. Entertainment continues from 8pm with the main concert, featuring the choir, soprano soloist Emily Smith as well as special guest artists Steve Stokes and Dillon and Louise Simmons in addition to other artists. There will also be a greater selection of stalls this year.

Pastor Mark Broadbridge said the event has always displayed Port Pirie’s great Christmas spirit. “It’s about the community coming together as family and friends to celebrate what Christmas is about,” he said.

“For us, as churches, it’s about Christ. But we also want to make it a great, family night.”

Port Pirie’s church groups have a long history of organising the popular event which attracts an audience of about 2000 people. 

Pastor Broadbridge paid tribute to the volunteers who helped make the night a success and said there were more than 300 helpers across different aspects of the event.

“We couldn’t do this without the community’s involvement,” he said.

He also thanked the almost 40 businesses, groups and individuals who sponsor the night. Major sponsors are Port Pirie Regional Council, Stone Hut Bakery, Geoff Brock MP, Nyrstar, Port Pirie Office National, Port Pirie Dental and Specialist Centre, SA Regional Solar and McComb Plumbing and Gas.

See the Candlelight Carols feature in the Thursday, December 6, edition of The Recorder