Albury Carols a merry but very warm night |PICTURES

IT was one of the hottest Carols by Candlelight in Albury’s history but that didn’t stop an estimated 10,000 people from packing into QEII Square last night.

Fans needed to be brought on stage to cool down performers.

At least one person in the crowd, a man in his 30s, was treated by St John Ambulance for heat exhaustion as the mercury sat at 35 degrees. 

A giant screen towered over the crowd for the second year, ensuring every­one got a good glimpse of the performers and Santa.

Traditional favourites ranged from Lachan McIntyre’s rendition of The Holy City to Mica Roi Torre’s Mary’s Boy Child.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer made an appearance courtesy of Stephanie Flack and the Carols Choir ended the evening with We Wish You A Merry Christmas.

Albury great-grandmother Beryl Hathaway, who has only missed Carols by Candlelight once, said it was the hottest she has ever been to.

“We got here early and got a shady spot,” she said.

“I love carols — just sitting out here and watching that kids enjoy it.”

Lavington father Richard Williamson, who came dressed up as Santa, wasn’t so lucky spending the afternoon and evening boiling in his suit.

“It’s dedication, mate,” he said.

“It’s all for the kids — it’s just about making memories and getting into the spirit.”

Albury Council’s events team leader Ros Walls said numbers may have been a little bit down due to the heat, but she estimated the crowd would be 10,000.

Steve Murphy hosted the evening, Paul Gibbs was the musical director and Sharon Bilston the project manager.

Mayor Kevin Mack came along with his family and welcomed the crowd.

“It’s been a fantastic night,” Cr Mack said.

The event was simulcast on 105.7 The River.

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