Cairns faithful come out in force to sing carols
IT was anything but a silent night in Cairns yesterday as thousands of voices joined in song for the annual Carols by Candlelight.
The traditional Christmas precursor was again held at Fogarty Park, and not even the threat of rain earlier in the day could deter the crowds from gathering for a dose of yuletide cheer.
"My favourite Christmas carol is ifJingle Bellsnf because it's fun to sing,'' six-year-old Ryan Walker from Clifton Beach, who was attending his third Carols by Candlelight, said.
But as well as the fun side of Christmas, the youngster hasn't forgotten its real meaning.
"It's when Jesus was born,'' he said after learning about the origins of Christmas at school.
Revellers sung along to old favourites and were dazzled by performances from local singers and dancers including rising stars Mitchel Cave and Rhys Tolhurst.
But the biggest cheer was saved for Santa, whose appearance was a reminder to youngsters that they have to stay on his nice list for another 16 days.
Proceeds from Carols By Candlelight went to the Mayor's Christmas Appeal.
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Uplifting:Ethan Ferguson, 3, was among the thousands at the Carols by Candlelight at Fogarty Park last night. Picture: STEWART McLEAN