Parade marks gold rush era

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By CHE BAKER

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.

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