Suc­cess­ful sea­son for Sum­mer Fes­ti­val

Coastal News - - Front Page - By RE­NEE MEIKLEJOHN

The Whanga­mata Sum­mer Fes­ti­val had a very suc­cess­ful 2017-2018 sea­son and a range of day­time fam­ily-fo­cused ac­tiv­i­ties that stretched from De­cem­ber 24 to Jan­uary 27.

With fan­tas­tic weather right up to New Year’s Day or­gan­is­ers had to re­lo­cate only the Opera in the Park show to the Rain Venue of the RSA.

The fes­ti­val com­mit­tee sup­ports youth and de­cided to spon­sor lo­cal mu­si­cian and stu­dent Reuben Fleet­wood.

“Reuben is an ex­cep­tion­ally tal­ented young man, who be­longs to the Whanga­mata Bap­tist Youth Group and is also the Head Boy at Whanga­mata Area School,” Fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Re­nee Meiklejohn said.

“His tal­ent is awe-in­spir­ing and it goes with­out say­ing, he has much sup­port in this town.

“Reuben has been cov­et­ing a loop sta­tion and an Ed Sheeran gui­tar for a few years now.

“Af­ter dis­cov­er­ing he could not play a gig over sum­mer be­cause of his lack of re­li­able gear, the Sum­mer Fes­ti­val Com­mit­tee dis­cussed how they could give such a tal­ented lad a step up,” Ms Meiklejohn said.

Reuben’s mother Toya bought him an Ed Sheeran gui­tar ear­lier this year and the fes­ti­val com­mit­tee, with help from Adam Jack­son and his crew at the Rock­shop, have spon­sored a busker’s amp plus ca­bles, strings and an RC300 Loop Sta­tion.

Scott Wil­liams from Scott Sound and Light­ing, who have run the sound and lights for the fes­ti­val for nearly 20 years, came to the party with a hefty dis­count on a mi­cro­phone and stand, plus ex­tra strings.

The Sum­mer Fes­ti­val Com­mit­tee pre­sented Reuben with the equip­ment at the Whanga­mata Club last week. The club is also a spon­sor of the Fes­ti­val.

Some of Reuben’s teach­ers from Whanga­mata Area at­tended. Reuben spoke about his plans and played some songs for a sup­port­ive au­di­ence.

The Sum­mer Fes­ti­val Com­mit­tee will con­tinue its an­nual spon­sor­ship of the Whanga­mata Area School Tal­ent Quest and the Whanga­mata Surf Club.

They will also be keep­ing an eye out for lo­cal youth to sup­port.

■ Look out for Reuben Fleet­wood. He has a Face­book page: @Reuben­fleet­wood­of­fi­cial

WHANGA­MATA Sum­mer Fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Re­nee Meiklejohn, Reuben Fleet­wood, and fes­ti­val com­mit­tee mem­bers Tracey Blake and Deb­bie Ve­sala.

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