Residents in fine voice for carols
ABOUT 1500 residents enjoyed the Mayor's Carols by Candlelight at the Gladstone Marina stage last night.
The weather was balmy and voices were in fine fettle as the crowd settled on the grassed area in front of the stage with blankets and chairs.
Although a storm threatened in mid-afternoon, the carols marked the start of the Christmas season with fun and frivolity.
Local activities include the Gladstone region's homes lighting up during the festive season with their entry in the 2004 Ergon Energy Christmas Lights Competition.
Entries to the annual Christmas lights competition closed this week with many taking up the challenge for honours in the private residence, business/ community organisation and street categories.
New to the competition this year is the introduction of the best novice private residence and best Christmas theme residence.
The Observer circulation and promotions manager Helen Thumpkin said both new categories gained the attention of entrants with 15 newcomers joining the competition.
Ms Thumpkin said it was now up to members of the public to cast their vote on their favourite entry.
Details of each entrant are in The Observer today and will be published again next Saturday.