We celebrate the festive season with our community at Concord West
Our community came together to celebrate the festive season at the annual Carols at Yaralla event at the Dame Eadith Walker Estate at Concord West.
About 300 people filled the grounds of the Estate to hear Christmas classics played by The Cockroaches with special guest Jeff Fatt, the original purple Wiggle.
Hundreds joined in the sing-a-long to tunes including The Wiggles’ hit Go Santa Go, which put huge smiles on all the children’s faces. There were traditional Christmas carols too.
“Our Carols at Yaralla event is an annual celebration of community and Christmas - it’s a wonderful evening to spend with your family in the grounds of this beautiful estate,” Sydney Local Health District chief executive Dr Teresa Anderson AM said.
“It’s one of the ways we can spread a little Christmas cheer among local families,”
This year’s event also marked the official unveiling of an ornate wishing well that has been returned to its original site on the Dame Eadith Walker Estate.
The wishing well had been installed in the grounds of the Estate in the early 20th century when it was owned by the prominent mercantile and philanthropic Walker family.
When Dame Eadith Walker died in 1937, the Estate was bequeathed to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and many of the contents of Estate were sold by auction – including the well.
A chance discovery by a Sydney historian Margaret Betteridge – who spotted the well in the grounds of an historic home in Canberra last year – led to its return to the Estate.
With the formalities completed, scores of children were thrilled by the arrival of Santa Claus, who hitched a ride on a golf cart and delivered gifts before returning to the North Pole ahead of Christmas Eve.
Families enjoyed the evening’s relaxed community atmosphere. Stallholders offered a variety of food throughout the evening and Breakfast Point Rotary Club ran a BBQ with money raised to be donated to Concord Hospital for geriatric medicine and Alzheimer’s Disease research.
A free fruit stand was set-up to promote healthy eating and about 1000 pieces of fruit were given away throughout the evening.
The Carols ended with the crowd singing We Wish You a Merry Christmas.
Yaralla will host its next community event on Australia Day with a movie night from 5pm to 8pm on Saturday 26 January, 2019.
You can see video highlights from the evening here.
To see photos from Carols at Yaralla click here.