CHRISTMAS CAROLS AND FESTIVAL ATTRACTS MORE THAN 1000 The BIMSARA group was surprised and delighted at the response to the Christmas Carols Festival and Markets just prior to Christmas. Organisers were more than slighty surprised at the numbers which turned up on a lovely late afternoon and evening at The Farm Jock Kennedy Park. Families from all the Southern Bay Islands turned up for the event, and they weren’t disappointed. There was some great entertainment from Carolers, island choir and a Russell Island State School choir as well. A pleasant surprise was guest artists Elissa and Lilah Grant, from The Friendly Bay Islander, who both sang a solo as well as a mother-and-daughter duo. A highlight was the effort of the popular island all-women’s band Mama Ju Ju and the Jam Tarts. They kept the big crowd entertained with a wide variety of songs and themes. Tribute goes to Corrie who is known for her Corioke (not karioke) talents on the islands. She filled in with some great singing and the crowed joining in for dancing as well. Whilst the BIMSARA group will be looking to improve and change for future events, those who attended were more than happy on the afternoon and night. Santa was a huge hit at his special seat under a magnificent tree, with the free face painting from Fairy Raine. Norm Kenny, and the BIMSARA committee did a great job for the event and believe it will just grow in popularity from now on.
• Island children performed at the Christmas Carols