Marathon mardi gras riles re­tail­ers

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - IAN FRAZER

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.

Share your mo­ment in time with Bul­letin read­ers. Email your story and pic­ture/ s to ian. frazer@ news. com. au or phone Ian on 4722 4523 Pic­ture: JCU SPE­CIAL COL­LEC­TIONS PHO­TO­GRAPHIC ARCHIVE

Crews get set for the 1976 Townsville Pa­cific Fes­ti­val boat race, watched by a crowd on The Strand.

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