Warwick woman voices her concerns over Carols in the Park
THEY say don't fix what isn't broken, and that is exactly how one Warwick woman feels about the changes made to this year's line-up for Carols in the Park.
Jackie Stevens is a self-confessed lover of Christmas and is concerned that the decision made by Southern Downs Regional to omit past performers from this year's carols in favour of more traditional choir ensembles will do more harm than good for the iconic event.
"My major issue is if there's not an issue to it in the first place, why change it," Mrs Stevens said.
"A lot of people agree our carols are wonderful, and I think council probably should have asked the community.
"If they wanted more, they should have added to what we already had.
"I'm the biggest lover of Christmas you'll find but for the young kids I don't think more traditional carols will keep them entertained."
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Southern Downs Mayor Peter Blundell said performers from previous carols events were issued personal invitations to participate in this year's event but for personal reasons some had declined.
One such artist is Erin Hilton who has been performing her songs, including the much-loved country carol Six White Boomers, since 1991.
"We have all been asked but they told me I would have to perform in a group, and for me it would have been too much time to do it," Mrs Hilton said.
"There were a lot of people saying to bring us back but I didn't have time with the practices.
"Perhaps this year is my year to sit it out and wait to see whether people want it back to the way it was."