Promis­ing start to fes­ti­val

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

CLOUDY, cool con­di­tions have brought a promis­ing start to this year’s Wood­ford Folk Fes­ti­val on Queens­land’s Sun­shine Coast.

Con­cert-go­ers and campers pre­vi­ously have had to en­dure ei­ther sear­ing tem­per­a­tures or a quag­mire af­ter down­pours.

But this year, it was likely there would be nei­ther and early rain yes­ter­day had not been enough to churn up the for­mer cow pad­dock, fes­ti­val gen­eral man­ager Amanda Jac­ques said.

‘‘It’s a lovely change and we’re very pleased with the weather,’’ Ms Jac­ques said.

‘‘It’s per­fect for a fes­ti­val.’’

The of­fi­cial open­ing last night re­ceived a royal ‘bless­ing’ from co­me­dian and im­pres­sion­ist Gerry Con­nolly.

The fes­ti­val ends on Jan­uary 1.

Gerry Con­nolly

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