Carols in the park

02:32, Dec 10 2012
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YMCA community recreation co-ordinator Mark Hopkins gears up for the Carols by Candlelight, being held in Queens Park, Invercargill, next Monday.

Invercargill revellers can celebrate Christmas in the park at the YMCA Carols by Candlelight next week.

The free concert, held every December, will feature festive items by Southland performers, followed by a public caroling session in Queens Park.

YMCA community recreation co-ordinator Mark Hopkins said everything was on track for the big event next Monday, despite it being his first time in the control seat.

''Laura, who organised it last year, left a pretty good blueprint for me to follow. It's actually been really good.''

However, one thing he could not control was Invercargill's weather.

''I looked at Metservice and, according to them, Monday's going to be really, really fine. Then I looked at another one called Metview and it's not looking so good.

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''So I'm going to be brave and go with the Metservice one.''

He estimated between 2000 and 3000 people turned out for last year's carols and he was hopeful of a repeat, depending which weather service had the correct forecast.

''I'm hoping we'll get the same amount this year.

''A lot of people might decide depending on the weather whether they stay or go.''

One person who would not attend the show, no matter how the weather turned out, was Santa, who was very busy in the lead up to Christmas Eve, Mr Hopkins said.

''Unfortunately... he wasn't able to fit it into his schedule.''

YMCA Carols by Candlelight begins about 8.30pm at the Queens Park Band Rotunda on Monday, and admission is free.

The Southland Times