Town ready to host large Christmas show

Merry in Mortlake: Mortlake Lions Club members (from left) Heather Rowe, Marius and Lorraine Vandeligt and Neville Krepp are busy preparing for the annual Christmas parade along Dunlop Street next week.

Merry in Mortlake: Mortlake Lions Club members (from left) Heather Rowe, Marius and Lorraine Vandeligt and Neville Krepp are busy preparing for the annual Christmas parade along Dunlop Street next week.

CAROLS, tinsel and Christmas cheer will be coming to Mortlake soon, along with a special guest.

With the annual Christmas parade just over a week away, the Lions Club will be hard at work over the coming week to prepare for the Friday, December 16 event.

Secretary Heather Rowe said all of the parade participants will meet at St Colman’s School from 6pm to depart at 6.30pm.

“We’ve got 15-odd floats so far,” she said.

The planned route will take the group along the Dunlop Street service road to Market Square on the corner of Townsend and Officer streets.

A number of food stalls will sell a variety of edible Christmas-themed meals and treats, including a barbecue, hot dogs, pancakes and milkshakes.

“For the kids, we’ve also got a merry-go-round, a jumping castle and of course Santa’s coming along,” Mrs Rowe said.

“We’ve got plenty of things happening.”

The town’s singing talent will also be a returning highlight, with groups, duos and solo performers scheduled to perform throughout the evening.

Mrs Rowe said a major attraction will be Mortlake local Asha Kelly’s rendition of ‘Ave Maria’.

“It’s worthwhile driving just to hear her sing,” she said.

Other performers will include Camperdown’s ‘Lakes and Craters Band’ and the Community Singers group.

A number of prizes will be up for grabs, including for the ‘Best Overall Float’ and ‘Best Children’s Float’.

The Mortlake Lions Club will also draw a raffle during the evening, with tickets available at the Mortlake Newsagency or from any Lions Club member.

Mortlake’s traders will also continue to put up more decorations closer to the day of the parade.

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