Warwick Tourism and Events CEO Tracy Vellacott with staff member Shona Gibson are ready for the big bash.
Warwick Tourism and Events CEO Tracy Vellacott with staff member Shona Gibson are ready for the big bash. Jenna Cairney

Rose City's 150th birthday bash

FROM trumpets to tree-jumpers, bugles to belly laughs, this time next week Warwick Town Hall will be a hive of activity as performers prepare to take to the stage for the kick-start of the Rose City’s 150th anniversary.

It’s just one week – seven sleeps – until the 10-day festivities begin and variety concerts held next Friday and Saturday are sure to start the party on the right note.

Scripted by local poet and Marco Gliori, the show will start by exploring our Indigenous beginnings before travelling through time and exploring our city’s history.

From the egg-throwing incident to a Daily News scribe’s sporting history, to the modern festivals like Jumpers and Jazz, the entertaining show will weave through history and wow spectators.

Warwick Tourism and Events chief executive officer Tracy Vellacott said rehearsals were well under way with a final dress rehearsal scheduled for late next week.

“The way the history is brought together is very entertaining,” she said.

“We take in all walks of life.”

But the variety show is just the start and residents, visitors and ex-residents are urged to get out and experience as many of the incredible activities as they can.

“We really want families to step out and be part of the celebrations,” Mrs Vellacott said yesterday.

“After all, in 50 years’ time, people will be coming back to those images from this event as their historic data.”

Clubs, associations and community groups have been busy organising their own events, such as the Southern Downs Steam Railway trip and the Warwick Historical Society’s Pringle Cottage Museum open day on Sunday May 22.

The Sunrise Rotary Club Car Rally will also be held on that day.

On the actual day Warwick turns 150, May 25, there will be a re-enactment of council at the Town Hall.

The grand finale on Sunday May 29 is sure to have something for everyone.

Horse and carriage rides will be held from the west side of Leslie Park and on Albert St there will be a display of historic vehicles and an appearance from Mick Bradford with his famous heavy horses.

Check out upcoming editions of the Daily News for more details of the events.

150th Variety Show:

When: Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21.

Cost: Adult $15, children $5.

Where: Town Hall, Pre-bookings a must - 4661 0300.

For more infortmation on 150th events visit www.warwick150.com.



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