Successful season for Summer Festival
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.