A break in the weather came at the right time to bring families to the Christmas party organized by York Chamber of Commerce and Industry on December 15 and held in Peace Park. 

Working to a plan, volunteers were easily identified by their bright red tee-shirts as they set up the stalls. With local DJ, Frank Dols, calling the tunes the York FM caravan soon had Christmas music flooding across the park.  There were plenty of activities for young people of all ages.  Inflatable rides, including the bouncy castle, giant slide, gladiator joust and the ride ‘m’ bull, entertained a steady stream of willing participants. 

The Scouting WA climbing wall provided a tempting challenge for those fearless enough to scale the heights, while mums with younger children headed over to pat the lambs at Old MacDonald’s animal farm. Sharon Bailey showed her artistic flair and was a big hit with her colourful face-painting.

Girls from the York Dance Company entertained the crowd as they performed a variety of numbers including ‘Rock around the Clock’.

Malcolm Leighton was kept busy filling orders as light-sabres, poodles and monkeys appeared like magic from his ‘twisted balloons’.  Entertaining the crowd with his quick humour and sleight of hand, ‘Hey Presto’ comedian, David, made sure people were still guessing at the end of each trick. The final act for the evening was the arrival of Santa, who was warmly welcomed by the children and parents. 

As the crowds drifted away, those attending agreed that the organising committee and Chamber of Commerce volunteers had certainly put together a great event.


Photographs and Story by David Hovell




Kate and Kate from York proudly show off their ‘twisted balloons’; Mark, Will and Katy visiting from Albany enjoy the party.

Volunteers and organisers get together for a group photograph;

Girls from the York Dance Company show their talent as they ‘rock around the clock’;

Malcolm Leighton wins friends with his twisted balloons; budding spidermen wait their turn on the climbing wall


Dillon gets ready to climb the Wall; Volunteer Alex Alman standing with the York FESA truck.