Strat­ford res­i­dents unite

Stratford Press - - News - By GLO­RIA WEBBY

The 2018 Strat­fords of the World Re­u­nion held re­cently in the small town of Strat­ford, Vic­to­ria, Aus­tralia, was a re­sound­ing suc­cess.

Twenty-one del­e­gates from New Zealand rev­elled in the ca­ma­raderie and friend­ships they shared with oth­ers from five Strat­fords around the globe. The spe­cial unity comes from a town or city’s con­nec­tion with Shake­speare and New Zealand’s, of course, is that al­most ev­ery street name in our town fea­tures in the bard’s plays.

The six-day pro­gramme was packed with re­cep­tions, ban­quets, a theatre per­for­mance, a con­cert as well as day trips to im­merse our­selves in the coun­try­side and cul­ture of Aus­tralia. Ev­ery­one in the group was unan­i­mous that the high­light was the won­der­ful hos­pi­tal­ity that our Aussie mates shared, open­ing their homes and en­sur­ing our ev­ery need was met. For some it was mak­ing new friends, and for oth­ers re­forg­ing friend­ships made in past re­unions, of­ten with much hi­lar­ity.

The 2020 re­u­nion is to be hosted by Strat­ford, On­tario, Canada, and al­ready some of the Kiwi con­tin­gent are mak­ing plans.

New Zealand Strat­for­dians en­joy­ing the Aus­tralian theme ban­quet.

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