Wintersun festival was 'the best ever'
THE good times rolled on yesterday as hundreds rocked up to Seagulls Leagues Club for nearly 12 hours of music and dancing on the last day of the Wintersun Festival.
In-laws Joel and Chantel Heagney from Lake Macquarie were among the crowds of both young and old who enjoyed a rockin' line-up at the Best of Wintersun Concert.
“This is our fifth Wintersun; it's kind of an annual holiday because we are all into old cars, the clothes and the music,” said Joel.
For Chantel, this year's festival was the best yet, not only because she and her husband Jason got to take their 1949 Ford Mercury “Miss Kitty” on its first long cruise after being imported from America just in time for the annual nostalgia festival, but because they have both able to enjoy it.
“It's also a good year because last year Jason developed reactive arthritis and he spent the week in The Tweed Hospital, so we are having an extra special time this year,” Chantel said.
Organiser of the 11-day festival Barry McNamara said this year's event was the best yet, the only disappointment being having to hold the finale concert at Seagulls instead of its usual Kirra Sports Club location because of concerns about parking the classic cars and hot rods on the sports ground.
“It's a shame that we weren't able to hold it there this year, because we normally try to incorporate the cars into the event and give it a family picnic feel,” Mr McNamara said.
“We did try to organise the concert for the Old Border Caravan Park site (next to Twin Towns Services Club), but because of time constraints and the amount of information needed to complete the development application process we decided to take it to Seagulls.
“Unfortunately, because of the cost of holding the event there, and the fact that we want to keep the ticket prices down we won't make any money from the event.”
The re-introduced street parade on Saturday was a great success, according to Mr McNamara, not only because it was a clear day when historically it has rained, but because the route this time travelled from Kirra Beach to the border along Marine Parade.
“The new route allowed for many more safe spots for spectators to watch the parade, as it can get a bit tight for space in Marine Parade,” he said.
“The car cruises were also a popular addition to this year's event.”