FESTIVE SING-A-LONG: Allora Carols in the Country from previous years.
FESTIVE SING-A-LONG: Allora Carols in the Country from previous years.

‘Best little carols around’ return after hiatus

ALLORA’S Christmas spirit will soar this weekend as Rotary’s Carols in the Country returns this Saturday.

Last year’s event was cancelled because of the organisers moving, but this year’s organiser Gretta Barton said the singalong was back with a bang.

“I actually got asked by the Allora Rotary Club to bring it back,” Mrs Barton said.

“I always liked organising the carols because they’re a Christmas-based event and not commercial.

“It’s just sitting with your family having some quality time.”

Mrs Barton said 2019 had been a tough year for Allora and it was heartwarming to see everyone come together.

“It’s just such a nice time of the year, it grounds people and makes them feel like they’re a part of a community by gathering in the same spot and listening to some uplifting carols,” she said.

“Particularly in these drought times, it boosts morale.”

Starting out in 2014, Mrs Barton had only seen the event grow as more talented performers came out of hiding.

“We have people performing this year who I didn’t even know could sing,” she said.

“The beauty is few musicians get the opportunity to be on stage with professional sound and light. It’s an awesome setup.”

“We have a lot of talented people in Allora so we don’t have to look too far to find performers.”

This year enticed Toowoomba performers.

“They came about because our sound and light guys said we were the best little carols around, and they do a lot of carols. These performers said, ‘Well then, book me a spot’.”

Performers include Mrs Barton, the Wuppies, John Denny and many more.

It begins in Stewart Henry Park at 5pm, with an official start at 6.30pm.



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