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Havelock North Village Press - - News - BY LINDA HALL

“Thank you ev­ery­one — you are all awe­some.”

That’s the mes­sage from two of the or­gan­is­ers of Paint the Vil­lage Red — a fundrais­ing ven­ture to raise funds for the Have­lock North Vol­un­teer Fire Bri­gade to build train­ing fa­cil­i­ties be­hind its sta­tion.

Busi­ness­man John Macpher­son and gala con­venor Jane Dunkerley were thrilled with how peo­ple re­sponded to all the fun in the vil­lage over the week­end, and es­pe­cially the old fash­ioned gala on the Sun­day.

“It was a stun­ning day and we were rapt.

“There was an amaz­ing at­mos­phere and ev­ery­one en­joyed the day,” John said.

“We es­ti­mate that by the end of the day 4000 to 5000 peo­ple had passed through the gates.

“There was ab­so­lutely no drama. It was a real fam­ily event.

“Peo­ple were happy, lots of laugh­ter and ban­ter be­tween the stall hold­ers, who did ex­tremely well, and the crowd.

“The tombola was a huge suc­cess thanks to all the gen­er­ous peo­ple and busi­nesses who do­nated prizes.

“We made a sweet suc­cess form the can­dyfloss stall — $1000.

“A real crowd pleaser was the demon­stra­tions from our vol­un­teer fire fighters.

“A car was set on fire and then the fire alarm went up and I ac­tu­ally though “oh no they have a call­out what are we go­ing to do now”.But it was all part of the dis­play,” John said.

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