Tumby starting to feel festive

PAGEANT: Tumby Bay Lions Club member Gary Speed drives Father Christmas through the streets of Tumby Bay during last year’s community Christmas pageant.THETumby Bay community is startingto get into the Christmas spirit with several events leading up to December 25.

For the first time in several years, Tumby Bay will host a Christmas carols event.

Carols at the Bay is planned for December 17 at the Tumby Bay Memorial Hall.

A young group of people has put a band together to perform carols and entertain local children, with food and drinks provided before the family friendly event kicks off.

Children will also carrycandles and placegifts under a tree in the spirit of giving.

Tumby Bay District Council community development officer Christine Charlton said the event was “returning to the true spirit of Christmas” and wouldincorporate all churches in the district.

More details of the event are expected to be revealed soon.

Tumby Bay Lions Club is calling for businesses,clubs and organisations to take part in the community Christmas pageant on December 23 by entering a float or a stall.

Lions club member Wilbur Williams said the club hadput invitations out across the community as local involvement was key to ensuring the event happenedeach year.

“It’s been well supported in the past and we are hoping to continue providing the pageant through the community’s assistance,” he said.

The pageant route will start from Wibberley Street and down the Esplanade to Spencer Street.

There is also an invitationfor people to runstalls on Spencer Street, where all the event’s activities and music will be based.

Those who decide to operate a stall are required to complete a council land use permit application form from the council office.

There is no cost to do so.

Tumby Bay businesses are invited to celebrate Christmas in another fashion by decorating their premises or windows for a chance to win the Lions Club Decorated Business of the Year award.

Premises will be judged in the week prior to the pageant.

People can also get creative with Christmas trees as the community will once again runa creative Christmas tree competition with $300 in prizes available.

There are three categories for people to enter: traditional, creative and quirky.

Trees are to be delivered to the Tumby Bay Memorial Hall by November 29 and will be showcased at Carols at the Bay.

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