Christmas in the Park CANCELLED… again

First, South Village Association’s Christmas in the Park was on the brink. Then, it was cancelled. Following consultations with and assistance from Council, the event was back on. All this in the space of two weeks in October. However, on Thursday night – just two days out from the gathering –organisers conceded the festivities would ultimately not go ahead after all.

The risk of severe heat warnings – with the temperature expected to hit 40 degrees today – has forced South Broken Hill’s premier Christmas event to be called off, leaving food and market stallholders and even Santa himself – a far cry from the -25-degree temperatures of the North Pole – caught in the cancellation.

“We’ve been very mindful of the heat problems and heat temperatures, and we’ve been following the temperatures over the last couple of weeks,” South Village Association Vice President, Larry Angell, told the Barrier Truth.

“Originally, two weeks ago, [it was] tipped to be 24 degrees. It’s now tipped to be 40 degrees. In heatwave conditions, it is not a good situation to put [the] public in. It’s not a good situation to put our stallholders in. Furthermore, it’s not a good situation to put Father Christmas in. We talked about it at our meeting and discussed ‘Did we have any other options?’ and we really didn’t.

“We’re disappointed. It really is the responsible thing for us to do as an organisation. I know Council had spent a lot of time and a lot of money fixing up the park for us – they put additional power points into the park for it to enable the function to go ahead. Unfortunately, we’ve had to pull the pin.”

Having exhausted all options – including rescheduling to next weekend where the temperature would still be hot, albeit hovering around the 30-degree mark on current outlooks – this makes it only the second time in 12 years that Christmas in the Park has had to be cancelled, the other being in 2020 as a result of COVID.

“All members of the South Village [Association] are disappointed. We didn’t take this decision lightly. I urge people to keep looking at the Patton Village Facebook page, because we think that Father Christmas, weather permitting, may make pop-ups every now and then in the South community so [that’s] something to possibly to look forward to.”

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