Beryl Sanders with her 10th annual entry in the tree jumper exhibition.
Beryl Sanders with her 10th annual entry in the tree jumper exhibition.

Festival brings community together

IF there was an award for getting your “art” for this year’s Jumpers and Jazz Festival to your allocated tree, then Beryl Sanders would have to be a contender.

The innovative Victoria Street resident, who doesn’t have a car, transported all her equipment – including a step ladder – on her push bike and trailer.

Yesterday she gently rejected efforts to praise her transport innovations.

“It is all worth it to be involved, I love this time of year and I like to be a part of the festival,” she said.

Besides, she explained, balancing the step ladder on the seat of her bike and attaching the trailer proved a reliable way of transporting all the intricate pieces she needed to complete her “Know Your Alphabet” tree entry.

“I walk or ride everywhere and today I just needed to go steady.”

It is the 10th year the creative local has entered the quirky winter festival’s tree art project.

While she hasn’t notched up wins in any category, she said she was more interested in being involved than being competitive.

“I hope it never becomes about competing,” Mrs Sanders said.

“I just love the festival because it brings a bit of colour to the main street, when all the trees look a bit bare.”

This year organising her entry took several weeks and involved an array of recycled material.

With her work finished, she also praised two “young boys” who came to her aid on the step ladder.

“Climbing up and down was making me a bit giddy and these two boys just stopped to help. I was really touched and they wouldn’t accept anything for it.

“That’s what this festival is about bringing us together as a community.”

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