DJ Stringer owner and principal David Stringer with employees Sue McMaster and Wendy Herridge and the real estate agency’s Elvis statue ahead of the beginning of Wintersun.
DJ Stringer owner and principal David Stringer with employees Sue McMaster and Wendy Herridge and the real estate agency’s Elvis statue ahead of the beginning of Wintersun. Crystal Spencer

No rush for Wintersun replacement

WINTERSUN festival director Barry McNamara says plans for a replacement festival are a “knee-jerk” reaction, and should be better thought out.

With the final Wintersun for the Tweed Heads and Coolangatta only a week away, Mr McNamara said he would not be surprised to see advertising for a replacement festival for the region for 2011 around the twin towns, but said local tourism leaders may be jumping the gun.

“Getting straight into a new festival isn’t a good idea. There are lessons that can be learnt as to why Wintersun could no longer stay here,” Mr McNamara said.

“Better research is needed so they can see why Wintersun was no longer working out.”

It was announced two weeks ago that Wintersun would be hitting the road following this year’s event.

A deal with the New South Wales Government will see the event travel for at least three years.

But even with Wintersun leaving, staff at DJ Stringer in Coolangatta are getting into the season with a life-size Elvis statue greeting customers to the Griffith Street real estate agency.

Owner and principal David Stringer said they enjoyed decorating their office in the retro theme.

“We just like getting into the spirit of things,” Mr Stringer said.

“We’ve had the Elvis statue for about four years now, we pull him out every Wintersun.

“It’s a bit of an attraction for people; we’ve seen then stop and take photos with him.”

 

READY TO ROCK

Wintersun begins on June 5 and runs until June 14 in Tweed Heads and Coolangatta



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