Apple and Grape goes off with bang
WHILE admitting it was a pretty hard thing to organise, Apple and Grape Festival grand parade director Bob Townshend was happy with how things ran on Saturday.
He had a myriad of issues to contend with – miserable weather, a huge crowd and a number of late entries into the parade – but after the cannon went off and signalled the start of the parade, everything was running smoothly.
Mr Townshend, who lives at Dalveen, said this was the first time he had organised the grand parade.
There were 52 entries in the parade, which ranged from the local girl guides and schools to bands from Inverell, the Gold Coast, Brisbane and even Bundaberg.
Rodney Steele has lived in Stanthorpe for 54 years and together with Ron Grosvenor ensured the garrison cannon, which signals the start of the grand parade, went off without a hitch.
The heavy rain provided some difficulty, dampening the fuse, but eventually they were able to light the cannon.