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A RECORD crowd started to form at last night’s Wodonga Carols by Candlelight — and that was just for the pre-carols entertainment.

Before a Christmas carol was even performed, hundreds of people flocked to Willow Park early to get a good spot close to the stage.

“The early crowd is impressive,” organiser Lindsay Hanchett said.

“It would have to be one of the biggest crowds we have had before the carols even start.”

When spots close to the stage were all taken, families sat on the hillside behind.

Mr Hanchett estimated about 8000 people, up on last year’s 5000.

The carols suffered from a cancellation in 2010 because of an electrical storm, while rain in the days leading up to last year also threatened the popular community event.

But Mr Hanchett said this year the event had been blessed with “perfect weather”.

Santa’s Little Helper, also known as Albury’s Bailey Salmon, 4, couldn’t stop wriggling to the music.

“He has got a repertoire of dances all made up,” his mother, Sam Besley, said.

“He’s been singing all day long and couldn’t wait to get here and now he won’t sit still,” she said.

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Behind the scenes there were anxious mothers like Amy Magann who was eager to see her son on stage.

Seth Magann, 9, was part of the Wodonga Primary School choir performing carols on stage.

Performer Stephanie Zahra, 27, was nearby warming up her vocals.

“I have performed at Albury’s carols, but this will be my debut in Wodonga,” she said.

The Yackandandah resident was excited to perform.

“It’s a great community vibe that you get here,” she said.

Proceeds from candle sales will go to Albury-Wodonga Health for diabetes education.

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