Gayndah bids farewell

He­len Walker heads home to Scone

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Felic­ity Ripper Felic­[email protected]

FOR GAYNDAH lo­cals who don’t know He­len Walker per­son­ally, they know her as the Christ­mas elf, or Easter bunny, who spends hours hand­ing out treats spread­ing fes­tive cheer down Cap­per St come hol­i­day sea­son.

This Christ­mas will be Mrs Walker’s last lo­cal stint in her elf cos­tume af­ter lo­cals gath­ered at Gayndah RSL hall this week to bid her farewell be­fore she moves away.

Mrs Walker has been mak­ing the town a hap­pier place for 28 years, but has now de­cided it’s time to re­turn to Scone, New South Wales, to be with her fam­ily.

“My hus­band died 11 years ago and I only stayed here af­ter he died be­cause lit­tle Lena Kane asked me if I would stay un­til she died, be­cause we were great friends, and I said al­right then,” Mrs Walker said.

“But I wasn’t ex­pect­ing her to die at 100.

“Lena was like my fam­ily in Gayndah and she spent a lot Christ­mases with me at home, we’d have a roast din­ner and sheds have her sherry and I’d have my beer.”

A beloved friend to Mrs Walker, Miss Kane passed away on April 30, 2018 at 100 years old.

“When she died my kids asked if I was go­ing to come home now and I thought maybe I ac­tu­ally wouldn’t, but I went down there for a few weeks and I saw all my great-grand­kids and I said ‘nup, I have to come back here’ so I de­cided I’m leav­ing Gayndah at Christ­mas,” Mrs Walker said.

She said her farewell held at the RSL hall at the week­end af­firmed the sen­ti­ment that she was go­ing to miss the peo­ple the most.

“They pre­sented me with this beau­ti­ful big paint­ing of Lena Kane, and it was the paint­ing that won Sue Harm the Oils and Acrylics sec­tion of Gayndah Art Gallery's bi­en­nial art com­pe­ti­tion,” Mrs Walker said.

“I wasn’t ex­pect­ing any­thing at all and it was an ab­so­lutely beau­ti­ful thing to do.

“I’ve made a lot of friends since I’ve been here so a lot of them turned up for me last Satur­day.”

Mrs Walker is set to leave for Scone on De­cem­ber 29.

PHOTO: FELIC­ITY RIPPER

GOOD FRIENDS: Gayndah lo­cals gather at the RSL hall to farewell He­len Walker be­fore moves away.

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