Christmas spirit rocks Tumut

The Tumut Public School drumming band

The Christmas spirit burned bright in Tumut folk when they flocked to Wynyard Street for Tuesday night’s Christmas Family Fun Night.

Despite the blazing heat and the fact that the event had been rescheduled from the previous Thursday, the event, organised by the Tumut Regional Chamber of Commerce, still attracted a big and enthusiastic crowd.

“I thought it was quite successful and better than the previous year,” co-organiser Virginia Robinson said.

“There were more rides, more people, more going on. It was a really good feel for the town. There was a good mixture of things for little kids and or teenagers to do.”

Students from schools in the area put on the entertainment, including the Tumut Public School drumming band.

“We have a lot of talented young kids here,” Mrs Robinson said.

There was also Santa Claus, Mrs Claus and their elves, plus free balloon and lolly handouts. Snowy Valleys Council organised the required road closure.

The event was more of a success than Mrs Robinson expected.

“We weren’t sure how it would go because there were other functions on, but I think the postponement might have given it a bit more exposure,” she said.

The event was a joint effort presented by the business community, in the CBD and on Adelong Road, and one of its aims was to encourage the community to shop locally for Christmas.

“It had a nice festive feel and we want to build on it next year; although we would like more volunteers, and to get more of the business community involved,” Mrs Robinson said.