Heritage celebrations to be a hit

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This year’s Victorian Heritage Celebrations are set to go off without a hitch today despite a dismal weather forecast.

The event, which has the theme ‘Transportation’ this year, will bring people from far and wide to Oamaru for a range of activities from November 12 to November 16.

Oamaru Victoria Heritage Committee chairman Kevin Malcolm said they had been getting a lot of interest and the ticket sales had been great so far.

“I’m pretty excited really.”

Showery weather has been forecast but, in “true Victorian fashion”, everything will go on as usual, he said.

“It would have to be catastrophic for it not to go ahead.”

However, he hoped Oamaruvians would brave the weather and come along to as many activities as possible.

The organisation of this year’s celebrations has worked really well with Tourism Waitaki taking over the administration side in May.

This has meant word of the event has been spread further and it has allowed the volunteers to get on with the activities rather than administration, Mr Malcolm said.

Tourism Waitaki marketing manager Ian Elliott said organising the administration side of the heritage celebrations had gone well and had been “really enjoyable”.

“It just seems to be coming along really well.”

He is especially looking forward to ‘Breakfast at Portside’ on Friday and the hot air balloons.

“I always think big hot air balloons look fantastic and I’m looking forward to catching the train from outside my office and taking it across to Portside on Friday morning.”

While some events have sold out there are still tickets available for plenty of others which can be purchased from the Oamaru i-Site or online at www.vhc.co.nz.

Today’s activities include the Oamaru Steam and Rail Workshop behind the Woolstore Complex from 10am to 4pm, The Waitaki Valley Singers at St Paul’s Church at 12.05pm and a number of daily events.

By RUBY HARFIELD

PHOTO: RUBY HARFIELD

ALL DRESSED UP: Oamaru i-SITE employees Kristin Murdoch, Gamel O’Brien and Steph Coubrough get into the spirit of the Victorian Heritage Celebrations.