Rotary Club of Guyra holds community Christmas party this week

Santa Claus and a little angel at last year's community Christmas party. Picture - Nicholas Fuller.
Santa Claus and a little angel at last year's community Christmas party. Picture - Nicholas Fuller.

Friday evening will be a time of fun and frivolity for Guyra as Rotary holds its community Christmas party in Bradley Street.

"It's a fun night for everyone," Rotary president Hans Hietbrink said. "It's a good social evening; it's an opportunity for people to come into town, have fun, and mix with others."

And for the children, of course, to meet Santa Claus himself, making a special trip from the North Pole to visit Guyra.

The Christmas party will begin at 5.30pm. The school children will parade from outside the council building down Bradley Street and back again.

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Santa is expected to arrive between 5.45 and 6pm - "if his reindeer are on time," Mr Hietbrink said. (Actually, Mr Hietbrink said, he will arrive in a flash convertible red Mustang: a car, not a horse.)

Santa will be positioned outside JoJo's Cafe, on the corner of Bradley and Nincoola Sts. He will meet the excited children, and give each of them a little Christmas present - part of Rotary's commitment to the community, Mr Hietbrink said.

Mayor Simon Murray will welcome everyone to the Christmas party, and Guyra's citizen of the year, Aileen MacDonald, will light up the big Christmas tree outside the National Australia Bank at 7pm.

Hans Hietbrink at last year's Guyra Christmas party.

Hans Hietbrink at last year's Guyra Christmas party.

The street block from JoJo's to the corner of Ollera Street will become a little marketplace. There will be Asian food stalls, ham raffle wheels, balloons, sweets, and icecreams, Mr Hietbrink said.

Jacko's Jukebox will provide music from outside Cross Country Taxation, on the other side of the street from the stalls. A big jumping castle will be set up in the NAB carpark, and most of the cafes will remain open for business.

The Rotary Club of Guyra has organised the big community Christmas party for many years, Mr Hietbrink said.

"A very big thank you to Armidale Regional Council, who have supported this event financially," Mr Hietbrink said. "They gave Rotary a considerable sum of money with which to organise this."

Mr Hietbrink also thanked main street businesses donating electricity from their premises to the stalls.