Her­itage Day is back

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - VIC­TO­RIA NU­GENT

IT’S not oft of­ten you can turn back time, but Townsville res­i­dents are set to take a trip into the past this week­end.

Townsville City Coun­cil’s an­nual Her­itage Day is ex­pected to at­tract about 7000 peo­ple to West End Park on Sun­day.

Her­itage Day pro­vides cit­i­zens the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence the life­style of old and learn about the city’s his­tory.

“Townsville has such an in­ter­est­ing story to tell – our city boasts colour­ful char­ac­ters and fas­ci­nat­ing tales of set­tle­ment, en­trepreneurs and wartime hero­ics,” the coun­cil’s Her­itage Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee chair Cr Kurt Re­hbein said.

“Her­itage Day is a way to learn more about the city we live in and I en­cour­age long- time lo­cals to come along and en­joy the day as well – there’s a lot on of­fer.”

The West End Ceme­tery tour, where par­tic­i­pants can learn about the colour­ful and grim sto­ries of the city’s found­ing fam­i­lies, is ex­pected to be one of the most pop­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties of the day. Other at­trac­tions will in­clude rides in a vin­tage Chevy bus, his­toric in­for­ma­tion dis­plays and live mu­sic by Littmus Steam­punk Band and 45RPM.

For chil­dren, there is free fairy floss, free amuse­ments and free face paint­ing to keep them oc­cu­pied for hours.

Her­itage Day will be held from 10am to 2pm at West End Park on Sun­day.

Pic­ture: ZAK SIMMONDS

DRESSED UP: Jo Ren­ton and El­yse Phe­lan are ready for Her­itage Day.

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