Bob Dagworthy and Rosemary and Jim Berting at Carols Under the Stars before it was washed out.
Bob Dagworthy and Rosemary and Jim Berting at Carols Under the Stars before it was washed out. Felicia Kosegi

Carols crowd washed out

A BIG crowd was left very disappointed on Saturday when a storm washed out the annual Carols Under the Stars.

Lightning, thunder and heavy rain persisted to hover over Salt Central Park, which forced organisers to abandon the popular event.

It is estimated more than 2000 people, some of whom claimed their spots as early at 2pm had to head home only minutes after the concert officially started.

Bob Dagworthy was one of many people hoping the storm would bypass Salt Village so the carols could continue.

He said the “glorious evening” created a spectacular setting for the carols, but it was soon apparent the storm was coming.

“The Murwillumbah Philharmonic Choir had just started singing its second carol and we were hit by a very heavy rain storm,” Mr Dagworthy said.

“About 50-per-cent of people left and 50per cent held on, hoping the storm would head out to sea quickly, but it seemed to hover right above the Salt.”

“Everybody was very disappointed.”

Mr Dagworthy said singing was postponed for 15-minutes, but when it was clear the storm was not going to pass, a decision was made to call off the carols for safety reasons.

He compared Saturday’s crowd to the number of people who turned up to see Michael Buble perform at the same venue.

“Initially there was a huge crowd, I have never seen Salt so busy,” Mr Dagworthy said.

“It’s just a shame about the weather really.”



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