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SSC Newspaper : Strathfield Scene December
By Anthony Sonego and Bernadette Chua The sound of your favourite Yuletide carols, the magic of candlelight and an evening sky filled with fireworks – and you don’t even have to leave your neighbourhood. Strathfield is once again bathed in the festive spirit of Christmas. Continuing its tradition of more than 15 years, Strathfield Council will host its popular Carols By Candlelight event in Strathfield Park. The fun starts at 6.30pm tomorrow and, with more than 1000 revellers flocking to last year’s carols, it’s best to get in early for a good spot. The carols will be bigger and better than before with performances from Pia Nissen, Iron And Clay, performers from the Studio of Neta Maughan OAM and the Australian Youth Choir. Off stage, little ones can meet reindeers, enjoy face-painting elves, balloons and a visit from Santa Claus. Everybody’s favourite carols such Mary’s Boy Child, O Holy Night, The First Noel, All I Want For Christmas, O Come Ye All Faithful and many more will be performed on the night. Mayor of Strathfield Tony Maroun says the carols is a great community event and will be the highlight of the festive season. “Carols by Candlelight is a great Christmas tradition and carols in Strathfield Park is a wonderful event,” he says. “I encourage the community from Strathfield and beyond to come along and enjoy this free event, share the spirit and experience what Christmas is all about – c oming together with friends and family.” Bring a picnic basket or just enjoy the fare provided, as ever, by Strathfield Rotary: a sausage sizzle and a Christmas raffle with the proceeds going to support local charities. It’s already beginning to look a lot like Christmas with the Council’s stunning new Christmas tree jollying up the mood in the square. Council’s new decorations have livened up the tree which is now decked out in red and silver tinsel and baubles. The seasonal symbol is the handiwork of “Paul the Welder” a local Sydney contractor. “It was the first Christmas tree I’ve made,” he says. “I built the structure of the tree about eight years ago and we’ve been using the same frame since then. The frame is made out of steel and the Council bought decorations to decorate the tree.” But Paul comes back every year to specially assemble the tree. “I just pulled the design out of my head,” he says. “It didn’t take that long to assemble and once I had finished the design, we just needed approval from an engineer to certify that it was safe.” And in the spirit of the holiday season, there are plenty of activities to keep the community entertained. Strathfield Council have a great array of holiday activities to keep the kids busy over the Christmas Holidays (see page 14.) Strathfield’s Christmas Sparkle www.ourstrathfield.com.au • DECEMBER 2010 FREEwhERE youR voiCE MAttERS Everything you need for a cool yule and a hot 2011 While Strathfield residents enjoy the new decorations on their Town Square tree, most don’t realise it was decorated in secret by workers at the council depot before being erected. Work ers Chris Ly and Vel Jeyadeyan (inset) view the six metre tree at the depot. Carols By Candlelight Strathfield Park 6.30pm. Free song sheet Pages 12 and 13. Holiday Special