Community spirit on show at Maclean Christmas carols
IT was a showcase of young talent this weekend, when Maclean Rotary hosted its night of Christmas carols at Maclean High School on Saturday night.
Event organiser and performer Troy Castle said the night was an opportunity for the younger performers to show the crowd what they've got.
"The idea was to give the younger generation a chance to get up on stage and perform," he said.
"It's not often we get that chance so, from the performance perspective, we looked to showcase the young talent and some of the new talent coming through the ranks.
"It was a real boost to their confidence and, basically, we're not going to be here forever. Some new people will have to take over eventually, so the only way to give them confidence is to give them a go and see that they can do it."
An institution at Maclean carols for the past 25 years, Mr Castle said he enjoyed seeing the community spirit that was on display every year.
"To get so many people from so many backgrounds and walks of life together for a night for a common cause, it's great to see," he said.
"Not everyone has the same view and opinion of why we celebrate Christmas, but in the end we were all there because of family and community and that's the essence of what community spirit is."