Fifty a fair ef­fort

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Past and present Wem­b­ley Downs District Fair com­mit­tee mem­bers are gear­ing up to cel­e­brate the event’s 50th an­niver­sary. Laurie Leckie (left) has been there from the be­gin­ning and says it would have never have lasted so long with­out sup­port from the Wem­b­ley Downs Scout Group.

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. The fair would have dis­solved if it weren’t for the Scout group,” he said.

“It folded up be­cause the school, where it was held, wouldn’t let us use the toi­lets any more 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.

“We’ve no­ticed over the years less peo­ple volunteering though; peo­ple now have to work two jobs to pay off the huge home loans.”

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

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