Boggabri’s St Barnabas Community Church and the Gunnedah Shire Band provided a wonderful evening of carols in Vickery Park on Saturday night, December 12.

With COVID rules and recommendations in place, 170 people gathered under the stars with their candles to celebrate the Christmas spirit.

Normally there would be enthusiastic participation by the audience but with COVID restrictions the singing was left up to the St Barnabas Singers and friends accompanied by the Gunnedah Shire Band.

The strong gusty wind made it difficult for the band and their loose music sheets but ever the professionals, they did not miss a note.

Caroline Stone sang, Tell Me The Story of Christmas while children from St Barnabas Community Church acted out the story.

Many compliments and loud applause followed the performance.

In true community spirit, this was followed by the students from the Boggabri Public School performance of Jingle Bells and Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer.

An amusing rendition of the Aussie Jingle Bells song complete with steering wheel, esky, kelpie, singlet, shorts and thongs, kangaroo, swaggie, pool float and jingle bells was enacted by the St Barnabas and Boggabri students.

Andrew Watson did the Bible reading and the talk was done by Rev Nick Stone.

Kane Watson and Sheerene Maginnity performed Merry Christmas Everywhere prior to the last item of the night, We Wish You A Merry Christmas.

Rev Stone thanked everyone for coming and making it such a joyous night. Special thanks went to the Gunnedah Shire Band, the singers, students, volunteers from the church, Kane Watson and Sheerene Maginnity, David Boxsell, Boggabri Lions Club, Haire’s Bus service, Boggabri Coal and Whitehaven Coal for their support of the evening.

Children were treated to a bag of lollies at the end of the night much to their delight.

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