Mad Hat­ter vis­i­tors defy weather


Woodville’s sec­ond Mad Hat­ter’s Day was a great suc­cess, de­spite a driz­zly weather start.

Over 500 pas­sen­gers dis­em­barked from the train or­gan­ised by Feild­ing And District Steam Rail So­ci­ety, the ma­jor­ity decked out in re­mark­able hats and ready to party.

Shut­tled by bus into town the vis­i­tors soon sought cover in the shops and on Vo­gel Street, much to the de­light of the busi­nesses, who all re­ported ex­cel­lent trade.

Vo­gel Street con­tin­ued to be the fo­cus for the first hour, the cafes and stalls do­ing a good trade with the Sal­va­tion Army band and Whareti­iti Ka­pa­haka Roopu en­ter­tain­ing from across the street.

When the weather im­proved Foun­taine Square stalls be­came busy, all the stalls re­port­ing keen in­ter­est, the candy floss sell­ing out by 2pm and Woodville Lions do­ing a roar­ing trade in sausages and raf­fles for their Suzuki bike — a Coast to Coast fundraiser.

En­ter­tain­ment be­gan af­ter lunch by the ro­tunda, with dif­fer­ent groups like Watch This Space Drama Group, the Go Bush Line Dancers and other groups en­ter­tain­ing a crowd set­tled un­der the trees un­til the best hat judg­ing.

Winner of the adult sec­tion was the three-tiered cre­ation by Ann Collings of Levin.

She and daugh­ter Mar­garet Stewart of Mar­ton were wear­ing sim­i­lar de­signs.

Ariki Pharazyn won the Chil­dren’s sec­tion and the Sal­va­tion Army won best dressed win­dow.

At 2.30pm the vis­i­tors left on the train head­ing back through the Manawatu¯ Gorge hav­ing ex­pe­ri­enced a good day out and many vow­ing to re­turn next year.

Erina, Kiera, Keani and Kaleb Muller from Waipawa all had very creative hats.

Winner of the best adult hat Ann Collings of Levin with Mayor Tracey Col­lis and Joy Barnes of Or­mond Street Mo­tel, spon­sor of the prize.

Lo­cals Dot, Sadie and Kath got into the spirit.

The Jones Fam­ily from Feild­ing took time to see the Armistice dis­play in the Pi­o­neer Mu­seum.

Red Hat­ters from Tu¯ rangi were there to party.

Go Bush Line Dancers en­ter­tained by the Ro­tunda.

The Watch This Space troupe en­ter­tained with the Mad Hat­ter’s Tea Party in Foun­taine Square.

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