Tis the season

Orchestra conductor Hayden Dinse. 202289 Pictures: Alan Barber Barefoot Media

Under clear skies a record estimated crowd of 4000 turned up for the 2019 Ocean Grove Carols in the Park.

Master of Ceremonies Mark Hyland led what became one the best attended Christmas events in the region with a refreshed shorter two-hour format starting at 7pm.

Carols Orchestra, conducted by Hayden Dinse and Geelong Harmony Choir, directed by Michelle Stow, provided extraordinary entertainment with soloists, Michelle Stow, Lee Abramsen, Nikki Arnott, Jon Mamonski, Stewart Firth, Diane Gardner, Peter, Paul and Marion and a highlight with Madeline Cain singing ‘When a Child is Born’ holding her own 16-week-old Ruby as she sang.

Another highlight was Cr Trent Sullivan who wore an eye-catching Christmas jacket as he spoke on behalf of the City of Greater Geelong.

Gate takings this year went to the VCE Bellarine Girl’s House, better known as Debbie’s Place, where $2573 was raised on the night. 

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