Gates given grand open­ing

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By KA­T­RINA LINTONBON

Mem­bers of the Mata­mata com­mu­nity took a jour­ney back in time last Fri­day evening.

A four-way part­ner­ship be­tween Mata­mata-Pi­ako District Coun­cil, ASB Bank and Wind­sor Park and Map­per­ley studs was marked with the of­fi­cial open­ing of the new en­trance gates at Firth Tower Re­serve.

More than 100 spe­cial guests at­tended the event with a lot of them opt­ing to get into the spirit of things by dress­ing in her­itage cos­tume.

A con­voy of vintage cars, trac­tors and bikes also made an ap­pear­ance.

A fan­fare played from the top of Fifth Tower her­alded the open­ing of the gates as Mayor Hugh Ver­coe and Deputy Mayor Jan Barnes cut the rib­bon.

Mrs Barnes said with­out the sup­port of the Mata­mata com­mu­nity, em­bark­ing on such projects would not be pos­si­ble.

Wide open: Mata­mata-Pi­ako Deputy Mayor Jan Barnes of­fi­cially opens the new en­trance gates at Firth Tower Re­serve last Fri­day.

Look­ing back: Alana Sankey, 9, acts as the driver of Graham McKen­zie’s unique 1912 Model T Ford.

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