O Come All Ye Faithful
It’s a very merry Christmas for Jones Street residents at their annual festive get together. Pictures: TARA GOONAN
Shane Robertson, front, was one of the original members of this annual migration. From seven blokes meeting in the park nine years ago, 40 plus blokes now come along each year for a beer, a chat and a bit of song.
Anthony Liston, Tony Brooks and Jarrod Liston share a joke at the Pemberton Park gathering where there are only three rules: it’s only men who are over 18 and who live in West Albury.
Daryl Joosten and Richard Keating arriving at Pemberton Park for the annual gathering of carols in the park.
United by song and good food and cheer friends and neighbours across the Border are hitting the streets and parks to spread the festive spirit and celebrate community ties.
SILENT Night was not so silent.
The tuning may be a little questionable, the key a little flatter than usual, but there is no doubting the enthusiasm.
And there are more thongs and shorts than your average angelic choir.
But across the playground at Pemberton Park a gathering of men is belting out the Christmas classic.
“It goes well you get a few comments that it sounds good from a distance,” West Albury’s Shane Robertson says.
“It’s probably a bit of an irony we always sing Silent Night as loud as we can.
“And it always sounds good when voices are singing in a group like those male Welsh ch Air Max Shoes oirs.”
Shane Robertson, a physiotherapist at Healthfocus Physiotherapy and Rehab Outcomes, is one of the original seven to start “carols in the park” nine years ago Air Max Shoes .
He says it was when one of their mates was cranky with his partner before Christmas and called a few of them together for a bit of mateship and support.
“It started with seven blokes, then 20, 30 and now about 50 turn up,” he says.
“One year I called the police to let them know that we were gathering in the park and as a bit of a cover printed off some carols.”
But the carols and the singing have become an inseparable part of the gathering.
You can’t have the annual Christmas gathering at Pemberton Park without the chorus of carols.
“It’s just a bit of a gathering for blokes who can have a bit of a yap and a sit,” Shane says.
“Sometimes you don’t s Air Max Shoes ee some of the lads for six or 12 months so it’s just good to get together.
“But it’s become a bit of rolling phenomenon.
“There’s no invitations, there’s no work to do.
“Every year on the Tuesday week before Christmas it happens, people start asking if it’s on again and I just say ‘my word it is’.”
It may be the loudest, but it’s not the only traditional Christmas gathering on the Border.
Across the way at Electra Street in East Albury there have been street Christmas parties f Air Max Shoes or pretty much as long as anyone can remember.
“People’s relatives turn up, a couple of people from church turn up it’s just a couple of beers and a barbecue and everyone brings some nibbles.” BARRIE FOLLINGTON