CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT: Lily Cooling, Millie O'Brien and Tayah Ellis. Back: Melanie March, Mayor Margaret Strelow, Elijah March- Hoolihan and Dominic Chavasse.
CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT: Lily Cooling, Millie O'Brien and Tayah Ellis. Back: Melanie March, Mayor Margaret Strelow, Elijah March- Hoolihan and Dominic Chavasse. Allan Reinikka ROK081216acarols1

"We are going to have a go" - Mayor on carols tonight

Sunday 12.20pm: ROCKHAMPTON Mayor Margaret Strelow has not given up on holding a Carols by Candlelight event at the Music Bowl this year.

The Mayor told The Bulletin the event that was scheduled yesterday is planned to go ahead tonight instead.

"We are going to have a go," she said.

Mayor Strelow advised if people had access to blankets, they should bring them along as the ground may be wet.

Meanwhile, the Carols by the Beach event has been postponed to another weekend: Carols by the beach postponed until next Sunday

Saturday 3.50pm: ROCKHAMPTON Mayor Margaret Strelow is devastated. The Carols By Candlelight event has had to be cancelled due to another big storm heading towards Rockhampton.

The Mayor told The Bulletin some of the gear at the Music Bowl is already wet with the bit of rain the region has received overnight, and the ground was still wet.

She said a Central Queensland renowned weather forecaster has advised council a big storm was due to hit Rockhampton in an hour, making the event not viable tonight.

However, the Mayor is hopeful the event can go ahead tomorrow instead. More details to come.

2.10pm: ROCKHAMPTON Mayor Margaret Strelow confirms the Carols By Candlelight will go ahead.

The event is scheduled to start at 7pm tonight, with gates opening at 5pm, at the Rockhampton Music Bowl on Yaamba Rd.

SATURDAY 1PM: The Carols By Candlelight event scheduled to happen at the Music Bowl will still go ahead.

Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow said at this stage, the carols would go ahead tonight.

She said  organisers were about to head into discussions about the weather forecast and the event scheduled to start at 7pm, with gates opening at 5pm.

Read the weather forecast here: More rain forecasted for Rockhampton for the weekend

THURSDAY: THE hills will come alive with the sound of music.

Saturday night at the music bowl Rockhampton will come together for a night of festival fun and Christmas carols.

With seasoned singers and those young enough to pitch a note will all showcase their talented voices.

 

Artistic director Melanie March said the old classics were popular every year.

"Again we have got the traditional favourites, Away in a Manger, Silent Night, all the gorgeous songs. Then the ones with an Aussie spin, it is just fantastic," Melanie said.

"I can't think of a place that's better, the atmosphere when carols are on is amazing."

 

Rockhampton Carols by Candlelight, front: Lily Cooling, Millie O'Brien and Tayah Ellis. Back: Melanie March,  Mayor Margaret Strelow, Elijah March- Hoolihan and Dominic Chavasse.
Rockhampton Carols by Candlelight, front: Lily Cooling, Millie O'Brien and Tayah Ellis. Back: Melanie March, Mayor Margaret Strelow, Elijah March- Hoolihan and Dominic Chavasse. Allan Reinikka ROK081216acarols2

Rockhampton mayor Margaret Strelow got a taste of the carols first hand on Wednesday night. She was expecting another stellar show, hopefully featuring God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.

"We are very much looking forward to it and celebrating some good times in the region," mayor Strelow said.

"Melanie and her team have done a fabulous job. The hills certainly come alive with children running around with candles and singing some of those great songs we all cherish."

Around 4,000 people are expected and gates open at 5pm. Show begins at 7pm.



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