AT the Knox Park Christmas pageant, (left to right) Vivienne Smith, 8, Claudia Tasker, 8, Jo Rawson, 7, and the Uki Public School concert band.
AT the Knox Park Christmas pageant, (left to right) Vivienne Smith, 8, Claudia Tasker, 8, Jo Rawson, 7, and the Uki Public School concert band. Blainey Woodham

Kids in festive spirit

THE Murwillumbah community yesterday helped primary school children re-enact the story of Christmas.

Store owners posing as inn-keepers told more than 300 children they had no room for them as the advent pageant made its way through the main street.

At Knox Park, Tweed Shire Councillor Barry Longland, dressed in his best inn-keeper costume, pointed them to his stable, aka a mobile stage.

“I was joining in the spirit of the advent story and I made a small speech of welcome also,” Cr Longland said.

The festivities were part of Murwillumbah’s first Christmas advent pageant.

“I thought it was a lovely idea getting the kids involved,” Cr Longland said.

“It was wonderful to see the performances by the various schools that took part.”

Cr Longland’s nativity-scene role was originally planned for Tweed mayor Warren Polglase.

“Warren Polglase was doing it but he was called away and asked me if I could fill in,” Cr Longland said.

Christmas advents pageants, initiated by Fusion Australia, are run annually throughout Australia and the world.

“I certainly would encourage it again next year and I would do the job again,” Cr Longland said.

However, he admitted his costume was “not totally flattering”.

The Australia-wide pageants were yesterday connected via a Heart FM national radio link up.



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