Town’s Christmas spirit

Kellie BalaamNarrogin Observer
Delilah and Rebel Klaassen with Santa at Thing-A-Me-Bobs.
Camera IconDelilah and Rebel Klaassen with Santa at Thing-A-Me-Bobs. Credit: Kellie Balaam

Business owners around Narrogin have taken matters into their own hands to organise late-night shopping and Christmas markets in an aim to bring some festive spirit back to the town.

Betta Home Living owner Loshni Mercuri asked businesses around town for their support in putting together a late-night event.

Mrs Mercuri said Narrogin used to have a Christmas carnival eight years ago and she wanted to do everything she could to bring it back.

“When I came to Narrogin about 10 years ago, I approached the chamber of commerce to do something and they basically shut me down,” she said.

“So this year, I thought I would contact everyone with or without help from the Shire or chamber.”

St John Ambulance volunteers Kevin and Cheryl Blake with Jamie-Lee Perry, Courtney Saunders and Andrea Waters.
Camera IconSt John Ambulance volunteers Kevin and Cheryl Blake with Jamie-Lee Perry, Courtney Saunders and Andrea Waters.

Businesses which wanted to participate held a meeting and put in money to fund the event.

“Toyworld and Betta Home Living put money in for face painting, Thing-A-Me-Bobs hired a Santa Claus, and other people held stalls on the streets,” Mrs Mercuri said.

“The goods in the raffle prize were donated. All the support from the businesses has just been fantastic.”

The lucky raffle winner was Tania Harris.

Toyworld's Colleen Francis, Loshni Mercuri and Amcal Pharmacy's Geoff Page with prize winner Tania Harris.
Camera IconToyworld's Colleen Francis, Loshni Mercuri and Amcal Pharmacy's Geoff Page with prize winner Tania Harris.

“We needed an event like this in the town,” Ms Harris said.

“I knew there was the prize going but I just came to do a bit of shopping and I’m very thankful to everyone who donated the goods.”

Jenny Forrest and Anne Saunders.
Camera IconJenny Forrest and Anne Saunders.

Mrs Mercuri said even if people did not spend money, it was still great to create excitement.

“A town this size should have something ... I want my kids to grow up looking forward to something leading up to Christmas,” she said.

Face painting by Yvette Ettridge was popular with the children.
Camera IconFace painting by Yvette Ettridge was popular with the children.

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