WITH the carols blaring, the decorations up and a visit from a jolly Santa, Laidley was a scene of festive cheer.

Laidley got into the spirit for the Christmas in July celebrations at Das Neumann Haus on Saturday afternoon.

The event was more than just a sneak peak at this year's festive season, but a vital fundraiser to bring a steaming favourite back to town in spring.

Laidley Better Business president Warwick McLean said Christmas in July celebrations raised money to fund a return of the steam train during the Laidley Spring Festival in September.

"Laidley Better Business realised that it's been a part of the Laidley Spring Festival for such a long time and its part of the history of it and that many people were disappointed about it not being here last year," Mr McLean said.

"So we thought not just for the community but also for the shop owners, we needed to bring the train back."

Mr McLean said the train would benefit not only the Spring Festival but local shop owners too.

"People enjoy just simply the pure spectacle of the steam train," he said.

"Secondly from a Laidley Better Business point of view is to bring visitors to the town so they can get to visit our shops and help the economy and by coming in on the steam train they might see what Laidley has got to offer and then they might decide to come back."

Among the afternoon's festive fun saw the Something to Sing About (STSA) choir belt out a number of Christmas classics for their first public performance.

Crowds also roamed through a number of market and food stalls and tried their luck with the chocolate wheel during the afternoon.

Laidley Better Business will also host the Springtime Gala Event on August 30, which will have an after five dress code, to help raise funds.

Pre-bookings only available by phoning 0488 194 879.


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