Fair go: An­nual event cel­e­brates 50 years

Guardian Express - - NEWS -

THE Wem­b­ley Downs District Fair has come a long way from a mod­est eight stalls in 1968 to al­most 100 this year for its 50th, and Lau­rie Leckie has been there through all of it.

Mr Leckie has had a hand in or­gan­is­ing the an­nual event, which was launched by Wem­b­ley Downs Progress As­so­ci­a­tion but taken over by the Scouts, ev­ery year.

“The first fair was or­gan­ised by the Wem­b­ley Downs Progress As­so­ci­a­tion but af­ter five years they folded up,” he said.

“And the fair would have dis­solved

if it weren’t for the Scout group.

“It folded up be­cause the school, where it was held, wouldn’t let us use the toi­lets any­more for the fair, so we moved it.”

He said a morn­ing tea fundraiser was held in the first year which brought in about $80.

Mr Leckie said he con­tin­ued to be in­volved in the fair for “the fun of it”.

Fair com­mit­tee chair­man John Noakes said the sense of com­mu­nity had re­mained and was what kept the fair go­ing strong.

“Most of the land in this sub­urb was re­leased in 1968 and a lot of young cou­ples came, the chil­dren emerged and the Scout group ful­filled a need and that in­tro­duced a lot of the adults to each other,” he said.

The fair will be held on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 28 at Luita Street Re­serve from 8.30am to 3pm.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d474488

Go­ing strong: Lau­rie Leckie, Matilda Cook, Com­mit­tee Chair­man John Noakes, Past Chair­man Mal­colm Ed­wards, Toby Cook and Past Pres­i­dent Norm Cun­ning­ham.

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