Crafty crowds

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

More than $ 8000 was raised for Wellington Free Am­bu­lance as a big crowd braved hot weather at the Eat, Drink & Be Crafty fair at Bat­tle Hill on Satur­day.

With the mer­cury hit­ting the high 20s, John Gibbs from Mana Lions, who or­gan­ised and staffed the event, said shade was at a pre­mium and cool drinks and ice creams were popular.

Feed­back from the stall­hold­ers was pos­i­tive and many left early after sell­ing out of stock, he said.

‘‘It was a great day – we think more than 5000 peo­ple came through the gates to ex­pe­ri­ence a real coun­try fair.

‘‘A few peo­ple came early and left early and left early be­cause of the Wellington Cup, but the num­bers were what we ex­pected.’’

The gold coin taken for park­ing goes to Wellington Free, which is look­ing to buy a new am­bu­lance.

Gibbs said the shear­ing was a big point of dif­fer­ence that drew hun­dreds of spec­ta­tors.

Mu­si­cal in­ter­lude: Rough Copy, fea­tur­ing Porirua City Coun­cil’s Claire Gi­b­lin on vo­cals, kept the fair­go­ers en­ter­tained with their hits from the 1970s and beyond.

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