Marian Terqin, Jan Gordon and Marcia Thorning show off the bags made in honour of a former friend, Anne Laws
Marian Terqin, Jan Gordon and Marcia Thorning show off the bags made in honour of a former friend, Anne Laws

Much-loved volunteer’s memory lives on in Friends’ venture

CRAFT enthusiast Anne Laws was a dedicated MECC employee for over 30 years.

Her legacy will live on with Anne Bags, a new initiative organised by the Friends of the MECC.

Ms Laws became a member of the volunteer group Friends of the Theatre in 1988, the same year Mackay Entertainment Centre opened. She also worked in the box office from 1992, before retiring in 2017.

A much-loved member of the team at the MECC, Ms Laws died on January 23, 2018.

During her time with the centre she had an idea to turn banner material used by the theatre into handmade reusable shopping bags.

With every new performance at the MECC, comes new promotional signage but, for many years, the MECC team had little use for these banner materials once the shows were finished.

The Friends of the MECC have now created Anne Bags in Ms Law’s honour, taking these materials out of landfill and turning them into reusable bags.

“It was Anne’s idea to create the bags from the flags, so we thought the name ‘Anne Bags’ would be a lovely way to commemorate her,” Friends of the MECC committee president Colleen Farry said.

The volunteer organisation has been stitching recycled promotional flags into stylish tote bags to be sold to patrons, with proceeds going directly to the group.

Co-ordinator of the sewing group and Friend of the MECC, Jan Gordon, said the bags were a great way to recycle materials which would have otherwise ended up in landfill.

“The flags and banners are made of great quality fabric and very colourful, so each bag we make is a one-of-a-kind and quite unique.” Mrs Gordon said.

Friends of the MECC, from left, Jennafer Skaines, Jan Gordon, Colleen Farry and Andrew Bobeldyk
Friends of the MECC, from left, Jennafer Skaines, Jan Gordon, Colleen Farry and Andrew Bobeldyk

“We wanted the bags to be excellent quality and a decent size. A lot of thought has gone into creating them — and they are perfect as a shopping bag or a library bag — they are very versatile.”

The Friends of the MECC sewing group members are Jan Gordon, Margaret Brignone, Ailsa Hinchy, Marian Terwin, Maie Tonuma, Denise Hansen, Marcia Thorning and Kay Hodgson.

Anne Bags will be available for purchase this weekend at the Rock Paper Scissors Artist & Makers Market, and after this will be available to purchase from the MECC Box Office for $8 each.

All money will be donated to directly to the Friends of the MECC. Stocks are limited.



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