Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Diggers’ Walk Centenary Celebrations

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″ css=”.vc_custom_1581129038804{margin: 0px !important;padding: 0px !important;border: 0px initial !important;}”][vc_single_image image=”15235″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_single_image image=”15238″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_single_image image=”15241″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_single_image image=”15240″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]“The Diggers’ Walk” centenary celebration along the banks of Belalie Creek on New Year’s Eve was enjoyed by people of all age groups, from the local district and wider mid north area. Food and drink stalls kept people nourished, people gathered at the Apex bar and socialized; while chalk painting and bouncy castles kept the younger children amused.

Thanks to the Jamestown and wider community for supporting this milestone in Jamestown’s history. The weather was very pleasant; and although is became a little too cool for some folk during the evening, it kept the mosquitoes away.

We wish to thank volunteers from JDA, Lions and other individuals who spent many hours beautifying the area along the creek by watering the lawns and cleaning up in the days prior to the New Year’s Eve event. Thanks to NAC staff for watering down the roads and the final clean up.

Thank you to community and church groups who provided food, drinks and displays; helping to make the evening a true community effort.

Many people assisted in making this a memorable celebration for Jamestown and districts. A special thank you to those who generously provided equipment, those who gave time in setting up the area during the day, Philip Leesong for operating sound and lighting on the night; and to entertainers Heidi Crawford, Geoffrey Graham, and ‘The Little Blue Bees’; who kept a few enthusiastic people dancing into the new year.

A highlight was the re-enactment by three “Light Horsemen” and their mounts: Mick Bachelor, Roger Jones and Geoffrey Graham. They certainly received many positive comments from the crowd for their input into the evening and the official opening. We were fortunate that our local federal member Rowan Ramsey, was present to officiate at this centenary celebration; and to open the recreated “Walk.”

“The Diggers’ Walk” project is on-going, so that additional information is accumulated and recorded on the infrastructure along the creek, for future generations.

Keith and Yvonne Woidt
Convenors – The Diggers’ Walk sub-committee
Jamestown Development Association


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