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ROYAL fever is at its height this week, with the Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex vis­it­ing next Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 17.

It’s an oc­ca­sion to be cel­e­brated when mem­bers of the royal house­hold come to the city not only be­cause it’s rare, and it has been 26 years since Queen El­iz­a­beth was last here, but it does cre­ate ev­er­last­ing mem­o­ries for ev­ery­one in­volved, for any­one lucky enough to get up close to or speak to a royal and that en­ergy never seems to fade.

Over the past few weeks, many lo­cals have come for­ward to Dubbo Photo News to share sto­ries of their en­coun­ters with mem­bers of the royal house­hold which they trea­sure and hold dear.

Th­ese mo­ments have be­come part of the fab­ric of their life story, and that of their fam­ily, just as Harry and Meghan’s visit to Dubbo will be­come part of the life story for our city’s 2018 res­i­dents.

A whirl­wind tour as you’d ex­pect will in­clude the Royal Fly­ing Doc­tors which re­ally is a jewel in Dubbo’s crown, and a pic­nic in Vic­to­ria Park, named af­ter Harry’s great, great, great grand­mother, Queen Vic­to­ria.

There aren’t a lot of pho­tos in cir­cu­la­tion of the Queen’s visit to Vic­to­ria Park in 1954, many more in 1992 and pre­dictably, in 2018, the main­stream me­dia as well as so­cial me­dia are likely to cap­ture ev­ery se­cond of Wed­nes­day’s visit.

That a royal coach was once built in Dubbo by Peak Hill man, and for­mer em­ployee of the Royal Mews, Jim Freck­ling­ton, with the help of some very tal­ented lo­cal, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional trades­peo­ple is an ex­cit­ing and un­break­able bond between our city and the Bri­tish Royal Fam­ily.

If any­thing, Harry and Meghan’s visit is a mas­sive boost for morale. Aus­tralia’s drought is global news and the cou­ple, like oth­ers in the world, are aware of the tragedies un­fold­ing in drought stricken ar­eas in our back­yard.

Vis­its like this will help ev­ery­one for­get just for a mo­ment the chal­lenges that have been or lay ahead.

It’s a gal­vanis­ing fact that the Bri­tish Monar­chy can and does unify peo­ple. There is so much con­flict and di­vi­sion in the world for opaque things like dirt or events which hap­pened 800 years ago, that if two young peo­ple can draw a crowd sim­ply by turn­ing up, and leave joy, mem­o­ries and a rip­ple of pos­i­tiv­ity in their wake, that has to be some­thing worth pre­serv­ing and main­tain­ing for the health of the global com­mu­nity.

Wel­come to Dubbo, Harry and Meghan!

Dubbo’s Pic­nic in the Park

TO cel­e­brate the visit by the Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex, Prince Harry and Meghan, Dubbo mayor Cr Ben Shields is invit­ing the com­mu­nity to at­tend Dubbo’s Pic­nic in the Park.

This his­toric event will take place for three hours in Vic­to­ria Park on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 17, from 11.30am.

Their Royal High­nesses will be join­ing part of the event. There will be mu­si­cal per­for­mances and food stalls, with all of the pro­ceeds go­ing to lo­cal char­ity.

Maps will be placed at key points around the city to en­sure the pub­lic can plan their day. I en­cour­age ev­ery­one to use the bus ser­vices and park­ing which will be made avail­able at the Dubbo Show­grounds – park­ing close to Vic­to­ria Park will not be avail­able and road clo­sures will be en­forced.

‘80s and ‘90s mums get to­gether

A GET TO­GETHER for Dubbo South Pub­lic School mums of the eight­ies and nineties will be tak­ing place at the West­side Ho­tel on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 26, from 11.30am. Lunch will be avail­able from the Bistro. Phone Loris Hutchins for more de­tails on 6882 2899.

Mel­bourne Cup fever just around the cor­ner

MEL­BOURNE Cup Day is just around the cor­ner with many lun­cheons and func­tions planned. On Tues­day, Novem­ber 6, the Western Star Ho­tel So­cial Club is host­ing a pri­vate mar­quee which in­cludes gate en­try, a race book, pri­vate mar­quee along­side the bet­ting ring, a five hour drinks pack­age, and fin­ger food lunch. Con­tact the Western Star for de­tails.


Last week a pho­to­graph of the Aus­tralian State Coach built in Dubbo with the as­sis­tance of lo­cal trades­peo­ple omit­ted to men­tion the man who made it all hap­pen, Jim Freck­ling­ton.

Fe­bru­ary, 1954: The peo­ple of Dubbo wel­comed Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal High­ness The Duke of Edinburgh, con­gre­gat­ing around the Vic­to­ria Park ceno­taph.

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