Crew’s tree-mendous effort for Christmas family fun

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Preparing to decorate a large tree for the Christmas Family Fun Night are Mosgiel Fire Station crew members (from left) station officer Mark Dyer, senior firefighter Cathy Trevathan, firefighter Riki Davis, firefighter Allan McNill and fun night co-ordinator John Bone.

It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas in Mosgiel.

A crew from the Mosgiel Fire Station plans to cover a tall mature tree, at the entrance of Mitre 10 in Gordon Rd, in Christmas decorations today.

Station officer Mark Dyer said six firefighters would cover the tree in tinsel, baubles and lights.

The work was weather dependent, so it might happen tomorrow instead, but the decorations would be up for the Christmas Family Fun Night on Saturday.

When asked why the crew offered to help, Mr Dwyer said “because John asked”.

Event co-ordinator John Bone said everyone he had approached for support had stepped up.

“I haven’t had any knock-backs.”

The Taieri Blokes Shed had built a wooden arch to install near the tree, which revellers would walk under to enter the “Christmas carnival”, which runs between 5pm and 8pm.

The community event would be held in a service lane between Church St and Gordon Rd and its surrounding spaces.

The lane would be transformed into a “family-themed wonderland”.

Santa had confirmed he was coming, he said.

Taieri College pupils had painted a large mobile Christmas-themed mural and people would be able to get a photo with it and Santa, he said.

About 30 market stalls and up to 10 food trucks would feature.

Mosgiel used to have a similar event Market

The feedback about a similar event returning to Mosgiel had been positive, Mr Bone said.

People had been saying “it’s about time”.

“Everyone is looking forward to it.”