Kyle Duffy, Tayla Quadrill, Jye Frankland, Bethany Ligteringen and Sophie Stoneman, all from Tweed Valley College during a dress rehearsal for tomorrow’s Christmas Advent Pageant through Murwillumbah.
Kyle Duffy, Tayla Quadrill, Jye Frankland, Bethany Ligteringen and Sophie Stoneman, all from Tweed Valley College during a dress rehearsal for tomorrow’s Christmas Advent Pageant through Murwillumbah. Crystal Spencer

Council to join school pageant

TWEED mayor Warren Polglase will tomorrow swap his council suit for an inn-keeper’s costume.

Cr Polglase will play the important nativity-scene role in Murwillumbah’s first Christmas Advent Pageant, one of the organisers Jennie Parratt said.

The festivities will begin at 10am at the Murwillumbah Civic Centre where primary school children in nativity costumes will be addressed by community leaders, including former Tweed mayor Joan van Lieshout.

“Joan van Lieshout is going to talk about the community,” Mrs Parratt said.

“We’re aiming to give the children a sense of where they belong and who they are.”

Mrs Parratt said Cr van Lieshout will send the children on their “merry way”.

“They’ll walk down the street and will be singing Christmas carols they’ve learnt at school.”

The children will then parade through Murwillumbah’s main street to the festival destination at Knox Park.

“We stop at various shops and knock at the door,” Mrs Parratt said.

“Shop owners dressed up as inn keepers will come out and say no there’s no room here.

“At Knox Park Mayor Warren Polglase is going to dress up as the inn keeper and point the children to the‘stable’ stage.”

At Knox Park the schools will present short Christmas-themed items, enjoy a barbecue lunch and play festival games.

The day will conclude at 1.30pm.

“In these days of doom and gloom, this is a positive initiative to keep alive our community spirit and our cultural heritage,” Mrs Parratt said.

“The day promises to be exciting, colourful and full of the joy of Christmas.”

Mrs Parratt said advent pageants are run annually in the heart of communities all across Australia

“Local school children are the stars of the show as they re-enact the Christmas story through song, dance and drama,” she said.

“Advent pageants were initiated by Fusion Australia, a local youth and community organisation, and have been running for 15 years in Australia and now around the world.”

The Australia-wide pageants will all be connected tomorrow via a Heart FM national radio link up.

“Imagine how heart-warming it will be to hear about 300 school children call out ‘Merry Christmas to Australia from Murwillumbah’,” Mrs Parratt said.

The whole community is invited to attend tomorrow’s Christmas Advent Pageant.



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