Marathon mardi gras riles retailers
The London correspondent of the North Queensland Register writes that the British and French armies in the field use 1500 tons of frozen meat – or nearly 4500 cattle – per day. For some reason frozen mutton is not fed to the troops. John Vidler, of Cluden, has been compelled to discontinue delivering milk until rain falls sufficient to make feed. Someone set fire to the mountain grass, which came right through his paddocks. As he has a hundred calves running with their mothers depending upon this grass, he cannot continue the milk run, and will have to shift his cows to pasture distant from Townsville. Some local footballers suffered considerable inconvenience at Charters Towers on Sunday when a miscreant appropriated numerous articles of wearing apparel. The visitors had put up at one of the hotels and in the afternoon, changed into their football clothes and boots and drove to play at the Athletics Reserve. On their return they found several pairs of trousers and boots, hats and other articles had disappeared. A search was instituted but none of the lost articles were discovered. Commencing at 8’ o’clock on Friday night next, a boxing program will he staged at the Theatre Royal. A return bout, between the clever American Rav Gusman and the Mackay fighter, Roy Annabelle will be interesting to watch, as will be the contest between Dick Powers ( undefeated American) and the popular Townsville boy, Stan Scrace. The Palm Island Settlement launch, Irex, arrived early on Monday. She carried down the settlement’s exhibits for the Townsville Show, arranged by the Welfare Committee. The Malanda, on Sunday, carried the Harbor Board Fishing Club and friends to the Barrier Reef for a day’s fishing. The catch of about 140 fish included some nice sized specimens.
When the festival committee rejected this compromise, the traders protested to Queensland Premier Joh Bjelke- Petersen and warned of possible legal action to safeguard their Saturday morning trade.
A spokesman said the association supported the festival, but the street closure would inconvenience shoppers already frustrated by inadequate parking in the central business district. However. the traders eventually shelved the idea of an injunction.
The Townsville Bulletin reported on June 14 that more than 60,000 people had attended the street carnival, held a week after an opening procession of 80 floats along Flinders St to The Strand, watched by a crowd police guessed had been the biggest in the city’s history.
The festival had come of age since its creation in 1970, the Bulletin declared:
“Now it can, without any apology, take its place among the most significant festive occasions in Australia.
“The procession drew one of the largest peacetime crowds in the city’s history – people stood six to seven deep on either side of Flinders St.
“Obviously the festival is a tribute to the scores of people who have been working feverishly for months to lay the foundation for Townsville’s claim to enjoyment and fun, to a major festival, the rival of anything in Australia.”
As outlined by Trisha Fielding in the Townsville Eye recently, the festival was meant to strengthen cultural ties in the region.
The state government gave $ 200 towards the first festival, held from June 6 to 15, 1970.
Highlights included an open- air concert in Anzac Park by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, a performance by the Mornington Island Aboriginal Ballet at the Theatre Royal and a 30 float procession.
Festival board chairman John Raggatt was elated with attendance of 27,000 people at concerts in Anzac Park and 13,000 visitors to the festival arts centre.
The 1976 organising committee comprised president John McCabe, executive secretary Jan Hunt, directors Phil King, Jon Hutchison and Geoff Aslett and publicity officer Ken Sutcliffe.
Felicity Rynd, 20, sponsored by Townsville General Hospital, was festival queen and Jacalyn Foot – Woolworths’ Nathan Plaza – was charity queen.
Prizemoney for best floats in the procession was shared by Lifeline, Townsville Senior Citizens’ Association and the Bush Children’s Association. University student Gerard Barrett won the festival fun run around Castle Hill in 29min 22sec, securing him a trip to the San Francisco Bridge to Breakers.
Crews get set for the 1976 Townsville Pacific Festival boat race, watched by a crowd on The Strand.