Shed’s float to be show­cased in parade

Hun­dreds of hours work goes into help­ing groups take part in fes­ti­val

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By CHE BAKER

Alexan­dra Men’s Shed mem­ber Fo­syl Colyer says ‘‘once you re­tire, you get roped into ev­ery­thing’’. And for the past sev­eral weeks, six of the shed mem­bers have been putting in hun­dreds of hours to help groups build floats for the Alexan­dra Blos­som Fes­ti­val Grand Parade on Satur­day. Shed mem­ber Neil McArthur said it was the third year the group had helped peo­ple with their floats but it was the first year they were do­ing it as part of the shed. The shed, based in Molyneux Park, opened in March. Mr McArthur said the group had been help­ing with six floats and would be en­ter­ing its own float. Part of the float is a chil­dren’s play­house, which will be raf­fled dur­ing the fes­ti­val’s Satur­day in the Park af­ter the parade. Funds raised from the raf­fle will go to­wards the group. Mr Colyer said the group was en­joy­ing help­ing the community. His favourite part about work­ing on the floats was ‘‘get­ting to the end of the parade and watch­ing what you have ac­com­plished’’, he said. He joined the group af­ter mov­ing from South­land to Alexan­dra. ‘‘I went and had a wee nosy [at the shed] and have been a mem­ber ever since,’’ he said.

Handy helpers: Alexan­dra Men’s Shed mem­bers Brian Phillips, Fo­syl Colyer, Sam Smiler and shed mas­cot Nelly with the chil­dren’s play­house which will be part of the group’s float and then raf­fled to raise funds for the group.

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