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Maclean Scottish Town Dancers perform a Christmas dance item at Maclean’s ‘Carols Under the Big Top’ on Saturday evening, which showcased an array of local talent. Image: Lynne Mowbray. For more images and a wrap up of the evening turn to page 25. Images: Lynne Mowbray

Huge Crowd At Maclean Carols

Lynne Mowbray |

Blustery weather conditions on Saturday afternoon didn’t deter the large crowd that turned up for ‘Carols under the big Top’ at St Josephs Primary School, in Maclean.

The evening which was MC’d by Connor Willmore, saw several community groups and artists showcasing their many talents.

The stand out for the evening however was a guest performance by Broadway star Lexi Lawson who performed two amazing carols, Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas and O Holy Night.

There was a noticeable hush in the crowd as the talented performer took to the stage.

Those attending, were treated to just a glimpse of the international stars amazing talent.

Maclean Rotary Club president Anne Farrell presented Lexi with flowers, in appreciation for her wonderful performance.

Ms Farrell said that the evening went off better than expected.

“The crowd were fantastic,” Ms Farrell said.
“I think there were more people here than last year and a lot of new faces in the crowd.
“We were absolutely delighted with the evening; it was a really happy night, especially with someone of that calibre coming to town.
“The only time that the crowd was quiet was when Lexi stepped onto that stage.
“I think everyone was awe struck.
“I’d like to thank Maclean for supporting such a wonderful event and a huge thank you to musical director Sister Anne Gallagher.
“It must have been a real buzz for the musicians to play for her (Lexi),” she said.

The men in red: Leon Gulaptis and Bob Little get into the spirit of Christmas.
Cousins: Emily, Makenzee and Liam Dahlenburg and Chloe, Heath and Hailey Skinner of Maclean.
Peter and Leney Avison, of Yamba
Santa hands out lollies to the children.
Home for Christmas – Former Maclean local Leon Gulaptis with his wife Lexi Lawson.
Lexi Lawson