Yule­tide shop­ping fun

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS - ❏ Ge­orge Smith

CHRIST­MAS has well and truly kicked off around the North Bur­nett.

And it was done by none bet­ter than Monto as about 400 peo­ple turned out for its late-night shop­ping and street party.

The New­ton St shop­ping precinct was closed to cars last Fri­day but there was plenty of traf­fic look­ing at the stalls and en­joy­ing the en­ter­tain­ment. The night­was as much a so­cial event as it was a chance to do some Christ­mas shop­ping.

Jock McLur­can was of many Monto lo­cals who stepped out to en­joy the oc­ca­sion and the burst of life in the town.

“I sat down and sold tick­ets for the En­deav­our Foun­da­tion and watched the world go by,” he said.

“It was great to see the kids out hav­ing fun on a pleas­ant, cool evening.”

Events like this one at­tract cater­ers and stall­hold­ers from far and wide. And this was no ex­cep­tion. Don Marsh and wife Lor­raine served their home­made lemon­ade to Monto’s late night shop­pers.

Nor­mally based at Turkey Beach they’ve spent the past 12 years ca­ter­ing at shows and events around Queens­land.

“We started at the Mt Lar­com Show in June 2000 and have cov­ered most of the shows from Monto to Kin­garoy and also the Queens­land Garden Expo at Nam­bour,” Mr Marsh said.

The end of the event left a happy glow in the town.

Photo: Ge­orge Smith

QUAL­ITY DROP: Lyn Tucker dis­plays the lo­cal wine at Monto’s Late Night Shop­ping Christ­mas Street Party.

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