Fes­ti­val floats ur­gently need a home

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By CHE BAKER

The Alexan­dra Blos­som Fes­ti­val com­mit­tee is look­ing for a shed which can be used as a space for com­mu­nity groups to build and store floats. Fes­ti­val event man­ager Martin McPher­son said the build­ing on Rus­sell St it had been us­ing had since been ten­anted and a new space was des­per­ately needed. ‘‘Help. We’re des­per­ate . . . to find a home,’’ Mr McPher­son said. The com­mit­tee had been on the hunt to find an ap­pro­pri­ate shed but had been un­suc­cess­ful. ‘‘There maybe some­where out there we don’t know about. We’ve done some pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tions where we’ve come up cold,’’ he said. Com­mu­nity groups were be­ing in­hib­ited to get in­volved with build­ing floats for the Grand Pro­ces­sion be­cause there was nowhere to build them, he said. Alexan­dra Men’s Shed mem­ber Neil McArthur, who of­fer sup­port to other com­mu­nity groups with build­ing floats, said a large shed with elec­tric­ity that was rel­a­tively close to Alexan­dra would be ideal. ‘‘It’s im­por­tant for blos­som fes­ti­val we get some­where we can make floats,’’ Mr McArthur said. ‘‘We’re up the creek with­out a pad­dle at the mo­ment,’’ he said. The com­mit­tee were look­ing into the prospect of build­ing or buy­ing a shed to be used for floats in the fu­ture.

Photo: CHE BAKER 628020952

Shed sought: Alexan­dra Blos­som Fes­ti­val event man­ager Martin McPher­son and Alexan­dra Men’s Shed mem­ber Neil McArthur are on the hunt to find a new home for stor­ing and build­ing floats as the shed they had been us­ing in Rus­sell St is no longer avail­able.

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