One word for Jekyll & Hyde: wow

Mansfield Courier - - OPINIONS/PEOPLE -

WE’RE just back from open­ing night and we have to say that Jekyll & Hyde is ab­so­lutely bril­liant. Spread the word. Con­grat­u­la­tions Karen and well done Michael, Bec, Ber­nadette, Ser­ena, Alas­tair, cast and crew.

MMuDS, you’ve done Mans­field proud again.

Gilli Bruce, Mans­field cater­ers, en­ter­tain­ers and ac­tiv­ity per­sons all added to the suc­cess of our 10th re­lay event.

Re­lay is a time of cel­e­bra­tion and re­flec­tion - your ded­i­ca­tion and in­volve­ment to raise funds for can­cer re­search was a valu­able con­tri­bu­tion. Many thanks to all.

Gwen Gray, Chair­per­son and pa­tron Mans­field Re­lay for Life (ca­boose is an Amer­i­can rail­road term) were built at the Vic­to­rian Rail­ways work­shops at New­port dur­ing the late 1800s and early 1900s.

The guards van was de­signed to carry light freight and parcels, while the el­e­vated seat­ing al­lowed the guard to look­out through his sky­light style win­dow to check that none of the warn­ing sig­nals were missed by the en­gine driver or fire­man as the train trav­elled along its jour­ney.

There was also pro­vi­sion to carry small an­i­mals (dogs, etc) in a spe­cial com­part­ment on ei­ther side of the guards van’s raised sec­tion.

We are most for­tu­nate to have ac­quired this item back in 2014 for our rail­way precinct area and in keep­ing with the his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance of the area, it pro­vides an ad­di­tional at­trac­tion for vis­i­tors.

It is hoped that ad­di­tional fund­ing can be found to com­plete its restora­tion.

The near­est lo­ca­tion of another guards van that peo­ple can in­spect is the his­tor­i­cal precinct within the Port of Echuca.

Ross Vaughan, Mans­field

Each week the Courier will en­deavor to pub­lish a photo taken by the com­mu­nity or one of its staff.

If you have a good or out­stand­ing pho­to­graph and would like it pub­lished send with de­tails of where, when and pho­tog­ra­pher’s name to edit.mcourier@ ne­me­ and cap­tioned “Through My Lens”. HE GOT IT AGAIN: Bud­ding pho­tog­ra­pher Ri­ley Tan­ner con­tin­ues to im­press with his cam­era skills, this time cap­tur­ing the quin­tes­sen­tial coun­try fence post.

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