Carols sparkle on Lochiel

CHRISTMAS celebration abounded when the Dimboola Town Committee hosted ‘Carols on Lochiel’.

Community members, young and not so young, embraced the spirit of the event, arriving with decorated vehicles to compete in the competition.

Dimboola Town Committee member Sharyn Cook was the master of ceremonies for the event.

The crowd was entertained by Keychange who volunteered their time and musical talents to perform Christmas carols accompanied by Voices of the Wimmera choir and community members that just couldn’t resist singing along.

Neville Bothe also performed a number of solos with the band.

The aroma of the barbecue had people lining up for food and kept the cooks and helpers busy.

While youngsters eagerly awaited the arrival of Santa, the competition for decorated vehicles was judged and a number of community groups had Christmas raffles that were drawn on the day.

Brother and sister Chelsea and Lachie Elliot were dual winners of the best decorated bike.

Best decorated scooters went to Harry Lindner and Sebastion Smith who were having so much fun it was difficult to get them to stop for a photo.

Victor Smith was the winner of the best decorated pram. Danny Grieger was quite chuffed to win the best decorated mobility scooter.  Lucky draw prizes were also won by Pam Buddde, Marg Thompson and Sue Sprake.

Businesses that donated prizes were Dimboola Newsagent, Dimboola Pharmacy, Helen Baker hairdressing, IGA, Mensland and Toughie’s Garage.

Town Committee President Kaylene Pietsch said, “it was great that we had so much support at short notice.”

“A big thank you goes to Key Change, the Voices of the Wimmera and local businesses and all the volunteers all contributed to the success of the event for the community,” she said.

Four prizes for the Dimboola Lions Club competition for the best Christmas Lights Display on a house went to 19 Moulder St, 31 Anderson St, 37 Hindmarsh St and 18 Church St.

The business awarded the best decorated was won by Dimboola Imaginarium and Toughy’s Garage received an encouragement award.

With the awards all announced, the crowd of children swelled and Santa arrived with a loud “ho, ho, ho” to take up his position on his special chair.

Sharyn Cook did her best to keep some sort of orderly fashion happening, as the enthusiastic children all eagerly awaited their turn for some time with Santa and to receive a bag of sweets.