Every December, Thirroul’s main street is adorned with gorgeous Christmas lights, an indicator for many locals that the Festive Season has begun.
But this year- there are none.
Their absence has been noted, with many residents disappointed the village is looking decidedly un-Christmassy.
Notable local businessman John Comelli lived by the motto “The endeavour of man is to build beautiful things’. John made quite an impact on Thirroul, with his company, Comelli Brothers, owning a lot of commercial real estate. He was even responsible for the refurbishment of King’s Theatre, turning it into the gorgeous Anita’s Theatre in honour his late wife.
Every year, John paid to have the lights put up on top of the buildings along Lawrence Hargrave Drive.
However, John passed away earlier this year.
A spokesperson for his company Comelli Brothers, Christina Commelli, says in the absence of her uncle, the local businesses were asked to contribute to the cost of this year’s lights.
“It’s quite expensive,” she says “and the local landlords decided against contributing to the cost.”
So that’s why this year- there are no festive lights on the main street of Thirroul.