Show goes on for Apex Carols by Candlelight despite challenges

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Albany Apex Club’s Brendon Bailey and son Campbell, 6.
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Carollers will sing out with joy at the news the Apex Carols by Candlelight have been given the green light for Saturday.

Despite a challenging year and uncertainty around the event, the Apex Club of Albany has confirmed its 68th annual Christmas celebration will go ahead.

With construction works at Ellen Cove ongoing, the carols will be held at Alison Hartman Gardens for the second consecutive year.

Attendance will be capped at 800 people.

The Apex Club of Albany’s Brendon Bailey said he had hoped WA would have entered phase 5 restrictions in time for the club to hold a full-scale event.

“This has not eventuated so we have had to make some hard decisions but we are committed to providing this event to the community,” he said.

“Unfortunately Santa will not be able to make it on the night as he wants to make sure he is fit and healthy for Christmas and is very busy making toys for everyone.

“We have also made the decision not to have our normal barbecue sausage sizzle, so we would like to encourage everyone that attends to bring their own food and drinks.

“Due to supply issues we will also not have our traditional wax candles available to give away but will have battery candles available for purchase at $2 each.”

Mr Bailey urged carollers to be COVID-safe and practise good hygiene.

Entry will be on a first-come, first-served basis, starting at 5.30pm.

The carols will start at 7.15pm.

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