Karyn Byrne and daughter Keely make a night of it at Allora’s New Year’s celebrations.
Karyn Byrne and daughter Keely make a night of it at Allora’s New Year’s celebrations. Kerri Burns-Taylor

Small town rises to the occasion

KEELY Byrne gazed at the night sky illuminated over Allora with childish wonder, telling her mum, "They are magical."

The Warwick youngster made the trek to Allora with her mum Karyn and was enchanted by the display.

Keely's aunt and long-time Allora resident Shaz Whittaker said the night was a resounding success and she was astounded by how many people turned out for the event.

"I am really happy with the crowd and I really hope they make it an annual event," she said.

Mrs Whittaker said the small community of Allora could be summed up in one word - "friendly" - and Saturday was all about friends supporting friends.

"I think people have supported it because it is a fundraiser for the medical centre and it is important for us to have a great medical centre," she said.

Mrs Whittaker said it was great to see all ages were catered for at the event.

"The thing I love about it is there is something for not only the little kids but also the big kids and the adults - it's just amazing," she said.

"I think it's the best thing Allora has had in some time."

Jumping castles, live entertainment, food and drinks kept hordes of New Year's revellers entertained on the night.


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