Bruce Flynn’s and Phil Taylor’s fathers helped found the Banana Festival, and they continue to give it their support.
Bruce Flynn’s and Phil Taylor’s fathers helped found the Banana Festival, and they continue to give it their support.

Drumming up festival support

TWEED businesses are being asked to throw their support behind this year's Tweed Valley Banana Festival following a strong show of community support at an initial planning meeting last week.

Chaperone for the festival queen entrants, and a key organiser, Grace Molloy said businesses were being asked “to participate and give a donation where they can”.

And she said the hunt was starting now for queen entrants in the August festival.

Yesterday one of the festival's most ardent supporters, car dealer and car-hire operator Phil Taylor vowed he would again be backing the festival – as he had for each of the festival's 55 years.

Mr Taylor proudly boasts he has attended every Banana Festival parade, taking part in most of the parades, and is not about to break a life-long tradition.

He plans to screen a locally-famous documentary about his business Taylor Made at the Regent Cinema on April 7 as part of the official launch of this year's festival.



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