Parade marks gold rush era
You would have been forgiven for thinking you had returned to a past era in Clyde on Monday as the street was packed with gold miners and washer women for a Gold Rush Grand parade. The parade, to mark the 150th anniversary of the discover of gold in the region, included horse-drawn carts, vintage cars and historic fire brigade equipment. Rain and sleet did not do much to deter the crowd, with hundreds of people lining the streets to watch. Event organiser John Hanning said he had been a bit nervous about the number of people who would turn out to the event because of the weather, but was pleased with the overall response. Hail at the start of the parade soon cleared and by the end the sun was shining, Mr Hanning said. The New Zealand Army Band led the parade and wowed the crowds with an upbeat musical display. Parade goers also had the chance to check out a 70-metre replica of the town from 150 years ago, built in the grounds of the Clyde Primary School by Clyde artist Graeme Miller and Promote Dunstan chairman Rory Butler, of Alexandra. Old photographs helped the two men recreate 60 buildings from facades of timber and painted canvas.
Band on the run: The New Zealand Army Band wowed the crowd during the parade and performed a show afterwards which brought a smile to almost everyone watching.
Amber Wilson started at the Goldfields Primary School, in Cromwell, on September 28.