Mar­kets aid Guides

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

THE Girl Guides have re­ceived a $500 dona­tion from the Moss­man Com­mu­nity Mar­kets.

Each year the mar­ket or­gan­is­ers present a cheque to a Moss­man com­mu­nity group.

The cheque this year was pre­sented to the Guides by ‘‘the pa­tron saint’’ of the mar­kets, Joan Vico, who has had a long af­fil­i­a­tion with the Guides.

Mrs Vico has been in­volved in the mar­kets for longer than any­one can re­mem­ber, and she and her hus­band are also heav­ily in­volved with work for the Angli­can Church. Now in her 70s, Mrs Vico gets up at 2am ev­ery Satur­day morn­ing to be­gin her bak­ing for the mar­ket. Her hus­band, Mick, one of the orig­i­nal Moss­man cane farm­ers, still mows the church lawn!

From small be­gin­nings nearly a quar­ter of a cen­tury ago, when an in­au­gu­ral three stall­hold­ers set up to sell their wares, the mar­ket has steadily grown and is ‘‘must do’’ for lo­cals and pass­ing tourists alike.

The land on which the mar­kets are sit­u­ated was orig­i­nally owned by pi­o­neer Dan Hart and was later bought by the Church from his daugh­ter.

The mar­kets were in­cor­po­rated in 2009 and is over­seen by a small man­age­ment com­mit­tee and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the church.

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