Rain on Thursday afternoon at Mildura and Euston resulted in some event cancellations.
The most notable was the unfortunate cancellation of the Carols by Candlelight scheduled for the Euston foreshore on Thursday night.
Last year the carols night attracted some 500 people but around 4pm when it was still raining and the event was scheduled for a 5.30pm start, the organisers cancelled the event.
The show had a country music theme with locally based Paul Costa set to perform with Tamworth based singer Aleyce Simmonds, who is a finalist in a Golden Guitar category at the Tamworth awards in January.
The singer was late arriving in Mildura on Thursday afternoon because of general Australia wide aviation delays.
Ms Simmonds was picked up and arrived in Euston not long before the event was cancelled. Because the adjacent Euston Club was filled with private Christmas celebrations, it was not possible to transfer the carols inside.
She then returned to Mildura to stay overnight before taking the early Friday morning flight back to Melbourne, then Sydney and Tamworth for a Friday night engagement in her home city.
“I got to have dinner in Mildura at the Pizza Café in Langtree Avenue where I had my last gig in Mildura on the final night of this year’s Mildura Country Music Festival,” Ms Simmonds said.
“I caught up with a few Mildura friends including the Co-ordinator of the Mildura Country Music Festival John Arnold.”
“I got an early birthday cake at the Pizza Café – mine is coming up and Paul Costa had his the other day”.
Rain gauges at 13th street Mildura recorded 8 mm, as did Nichols Point with 8.4mm recorded officially at the Mildura Weather Station.
The rain appeared to follow from the west along the Murray River up to Euston and beyond with 10mm recorded Thursday afternoon at downstream Renmark.
The St Margaret’s Pre School Christmas Party for the young pupils was also called off around 4pm because of the rain in Mildura. The annual event was planned for inside and outside at the South Mildura Football Clubrooms.