Jul 18

Telstra commends Festival queens and princesses

THE Sapphire City Festival is over for another year, and after a wet and memorable finale, franchise owner of the local Telstra shop, Wendy Wilks said as Telstra endeavours to be an integral part of our community, they love to sponsor the festival.

SPONSOR: Wendy Wilks with festival junior princess entrant Bindi Goldman at Saturday night’s festival finale.

“But it’s not only us; it’s the many other sponsors of each event and the groups of people who work in the background to get these times ready for production,” she said.

Looking ahead, Wendy said she hopes there will be more entrants for the queens and princesses for 2015.

“There are so many beautiful girls in our town and we have the last few years entered several entrants from Telstra, and every brave girl that has entered has really had a great time and learnt a lot.”

She said their team had participated in several events and invited more young people to take part in the interaction and camaraderie.

“(The) Toastmasters event was fantastic fun and we have some brilliant storytellers and actors in this community.

“Robbie Duff and her team from Connections were never stuck for a word even making a few up that I think may make the next dictionary,” Wendy joked.

She also praised those behind the scenes and on stage for a highly successful Inverell’s Got Talent.

Wendy said the hard work of Peter Caddey, Anne Clydesdale and Anka McMahon at Tourism Inverell made sure every detail was covered.

“Also Jeff Harris for keeping an organised parade, and Anthony Michael directing traffic like a pro.

“There are many others but I want to mention the hard work of my team this year in building our float in their own time, especially Janet Fulcher, Ned Mozelle, Rachel Elliot, Andrew Payne and others on the team.”

She said so many of the floats were works of art and the variety and richness of the participants and vehicles was wonderful and thanked the efforts of all.

“Great to see all the countries represented in our town walking in the parade and absolutely love those cars and the rev heads giving a demo of their engine sound!

“But all of this is pointless if we don’t have an audience,” Wendy said yesterday.

“How nice it is to see our streets lined with people who care enough to come out of comfortable homes to applaud all in their efforts.”

She also lauded the crowds who braved the weather and hung on for the evening festival finale.

“It would have been easy to go home at the first sprinkle but congratulations Inverell on being able to withstand the elements and enjoy it,” Wendy said.

“As one of the many sponsors, thank you all, audience, helpers, contributors, sponsors, for making the festival what is was! Well done to all I say.”

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