PEN­NIES BY THE SEA

Bayside and Northern Suburbs Star - - FRONT PAGE - Jac­que­line Henry

SIGN up to build your own penny far­thing at the an­nual Pen­nies by the Sea this Satur­day at Ein­bun­pin La­goon from 2-4pm.

Named af­ter the Bri­tish coins, the penny and far­thing, with one much larger than the other, the penny far­thing con­tin­ues to have a fol­low­ing 150 years af­ter its launch and 200 years af­ter the in­ven­tion of the first Lauf­mas­chine (run­ning ma­chine) in 1817.

Queens­land Penny Far­thing And His­tor­i­cal Cy­cle Club sec­re­tary Aaron Wray said the seventh an­nual Pen­nies by the Sea would cel­e­brate 200 years of cy­cling and vis­i­tors could ex­pect to see cy­cles of all kinds.

“On the day we will have a high tea at Bram­ble Place Cof­fee and Tea, bikes on dis­play, peo­ple dressed in 19th cen­tury Queens­land cos­tumes, and Kalei­do­scope per­form­ing dances from the era,” he said.

“Bi­cy­cle Queens­land will have a mar­quee with a replica of the first bi­cy­cle – a 1917 Drai­sine or hobby horse, Skill­sTech who run the Build your own Penny Far­thing course will have a stand, and we’ll have the Queens­land penny far­thing tur­tle ride, penny far­thing stack, cof­fee van and olden days kids games.

“That evening we have a din­ner at Bram­ble Place Cof­fee and Tea with guest speaker mem­ber and col­lec­tor Stephen Nutt talk­ing about bi­cy­cles around the turn of the cen­tury and later.

“We hold Pen­nies by the Sea to get to­gether and show and talk about our bikes.

“There is pub­lic in­ter­est in see­ing th­ese bikes up close and op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to ask ques­tions and even sit on a penny,” Mr Wray said.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the event email qp­fahcc@gmail.com.

PHOTO: JAC­QUE­LINE HENRY

Aaron Wray will be one of many penny far­thing en­thu­si­asts at Pen­nies by the Sea this Satur­day at Ein­bun­pin La­goon.

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