Choir is a sign of the times at Carols by the Coast

Tweed Auslan Choir.
Tweed Auslan Choir. Contributed

IT'S hard to imagine a choir made up of deaf people.

The Tweed Auslan Signing Choir will perform at Carols on the Coast at Kingscliff this year and they are sure to be a hit.

Kurstin Boyd, a singer in her own right, is their pianist/vocalist.

She will be performing with them on the night and gives her time freely to the group.

The group has only been together for about three years and they do their thing at nursing homes.

There is a large deaf community in the area.

Auslan is the sign language of the Australian deaf community.

The name stems from Australian sign language and the term was coined by author of the first Auslan dictionary, Trevor Johnston.

Carols by the Coast will also showcase local talent, including Grace Steel, Peter Leonard, John Bennett, Shirley King, Andrea Szabo, Jayne Henry, Paul Ensbey, and Gillian Leonard.

Many of these performers have performed for Carols by the Coast in previous years, showing the true spirit of the community and the season.

The students from Cudgen and Kingscliff Public Schools also take to the stage, joined by Santa of course, to help celebrate the Christmas season.

Performer Gillian Leonard has been co-organizing the event for the past 15 years and said that she does it for the community.

"The community looks forward to it every year," Leonard said.

While there is no cost to attend the event, there will be a barbeque and drinks for purchase.

There will also be Eveready battery operated candles, which are safer for children and can be reused, to add more "twinkle" to the celebration. All proceeds from the sale of these candles goes towards the Lions Club.

Be sure to join in with your community to help celebrate Carols by the Coast.

This year the event will be held on December 13 beginning at 7pm in Lions Club Park, Marine Parade, Kingscliff.

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