Christ­mas pa­rade big hit de­spite the heat

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - DAMIAN BESTER MORE PIC­TURES: PAGE 5

A BIG crowd with­stood very warm con­di­tions in the Derwent Val­ley for the an­nual New Nor­folk Christ­mas pa­rade on Satur­day.

The pageant had more than 30 en­tries, in­clud­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tion from lo­cal schools, emer­gency ser­vice vol­un­teers and busi­nesses, do­ing two laps of High St.

Shade was in short sup­ply as the tem­per­a­ture climbed above 28C but the pa­rade kept ev­ery­one en­ter­tained.

The ever-pop­u­lar Derwent Val­ley Con­cert Band had a spring in its step, adding tin­sel and other adorn­ments to its uni­form, as well as break­ing into song at sev­eral in­ter­vals.

Or­gan­ised by the Derwent Val­ley Ro­tary Club on be­half of the New Nor­folk Busi­ness Al­liance, the pa­rade was broad­cast live on lo­cal com­mu­nity ra­dio sta­tion Tyga FM, with sta­tion man­ager Roz Chap­man and Craig Far­rell MLC giv­ing a com­men­tary.

The judg­ing panel of Lyons MHR Brian Mitchell, Lyons MHA Guy Bar­nett and Derwent Val­ley Mayor Ben Shaw named New Nor­folk Pri­mary School as hav­ing the best pre­sen­ta­tion in the pa­rade, fol­lowed by the Tas­ma­nian Chi­nese Bud­dhist Acad­emy and the MoCo Dragon Boat Club.

New Nor­folk’s Satur­day mar­ket was sus­pended be­cause of the pa­rade but will re­turn next Satur­day from 8am-2pm in the town cen­tre.

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