Taking pride in wacky concept

THE tireless people behind the ‘seams' of the Jumpers and Jazz Festival were thanked by Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Ron Bellingham yesterday.

Cr Bellingham addressed crowds at Leslie Park for the Picnic in the Park, where he shared with them his first perception of the festival.

“When our art gallery director came up to me (seven years ago) and said ‘I want to dress the trees in jumpers', I thought perhaps that was a bit of a wacky idea, but I didn't say so,” he said.

“But it has turned out to be a wonderful idea, and to add jazz to it (really enhances it).”

Cr Bellingham paid tribute to the late Kevin Keogh, who introduced the jazz element to the festival, and said it was a time to celebrate the community.

“We need to have pride in ourselves and we need to have pride in where we live,” he said.

“Nowhere is that pride more demonstrated in our community than through this somewhat quirky festival.

“It's a celebration in the middle of winter and it's a celebration of who we are and where we live.”



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