Revvin' and rockin' again
WINTERSUN 2009 is here, so it's time to shake, rattle and roll.
Get ready to see hot rods, bobby socks and people dancing in the street, as the 22nd annual festival gets underway.
Vintage cars have begun to arrive in Coolangatta and are set to transform the town into a sea of colour.
Festival director Barry McNamara told the Tweed Daily News yesterday it had been “absolute chaos” trying to organise the event, but was predicting it to be a roaring success.
“People have started to arrive, which is good,” Mr McNamara said.
“We've got the main opening night this Saturday night at Seagulls and that will feature a mixture of things, including bands and entertainment, and we've got some awards presentations.”
The popular Wintersun Record, Music and Collector's Fair is also on the bill for this weekend.
The event, being held at Twin Towns Services Club on Sunday, will see about 50 stallholders showcasing their 1950s and 60s memorabilia, including records, clothing and retro nick-knacks.
Mr McNamara said visitors would also have the chance to drive around Tweed and see the sights from inside a vintage car, with a number of car cruises on Sunday.
But he said he really wanted people to know that ABC radio's Ian “Macca” McNamara would be broadcasting his show live from the festival next weekend.
“The most exciting thing we haven't mentioned yet is that Ian McNamara is coming to Wintersun,” Mr McNamara said.
“He will broadcast his Sunday program on June 7, live from the festival.”
For those still searching for the perfect Wintersun attire, Donna Fleming says you can't go past “That Shop” in Coolangatta.
“We've got all the rockabilly attire, including shoes, patches, bags and jewellery,” Ms Fleming said.
“We've stock a Bettie Page range, which is just perfect.
“We'll also be getting right into the spirit of the festival, with special displays in our windows and anything else we can do to show our support.”
Coolangatta police said they too were gearing up for a busy two weekends, targeting street offences and anti-social behaviour during the festival.
“There will be strong police presence targeting anti-social behaviour and public order offences,” Sergeant Steve Quinn said. “We'll also have some level of traffic enforcement, but our main focus will be on public order.
“It is a busy time of the year and there are a lot of people around, but the festival tends to target an older age group, so there are rarely issues inside the venues.
“Our main focus will be on those street offences over the weekends.”