In The Au­tumn of '69

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As man­ager of a ra­dio sta­tion in Ho­bart, Tas­ma­nia, my hus­band ( ohn) used to re­ceive many new pub­li­ca­tions. One day, he ar­rived home with one of the first few copies of a new maga ine to be sent to Tas­ma­nia. It was the in­au­gu­ral edi­tion of “This Eng­land Spring 196 ” and was of spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance to us. Af­ter a year’s plan­ning, in March 196 we had just held a fund-rais­ing event for many char­i­ties.

We called it “The Vil­lage Fair” and it fol­lowed the lines of a tra­di­tional English Vil­lage Fair, com­plete with may­pole danc­ing, a colour­ful cos­tume pa­rade, danc­ing, hun­dreds of stalls, clowns just about ev­ery­thing

Thou­sands of peo­ple at­tended and a lot of money was raised for wor­thy causes. What made this event dif­fer­ent was that it was the only Vil­lage Fair ever to be staged in the his­toric, very pic­tures ue grounds of the Royal Tas­ma­nian Botan­i­cal Gar­dens. On a per­fect au­tumn day, with a back­drop of the Der­went River (fa­mous for the Syd­ney-ho­bart acht Race), it was a won­der­ful oc­ca­sion.

This de­spite the fears of many who doubted that such an event could leave the Gar­dens un­scathed. But it did. The crowds re­spected the venue so much that the fol­low­ing day it was di cult to see where it had all hap­pened

It was so suc­cess­ful that the Fair went on to grow year by year and ended up stretch­ing into in­ter­na­tional areas. So that year was par­tic­u­larly spe­cial. “This Eng­land” will for ever be linked with that happy time. B o ll s li

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