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Destination Merredin-Wartime in the Wheatbelt

 

The Destination Merredin crew from the Shire of Merredin have done it again. They have pulled off another remarkable 4 day event for our entertainment with the theme ‘Wartime in the Wheatbelt’ and combined it with Mother’s day celebrations.

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It started on Thursday with kite making workshops from the kiteman Michael Alvares of Kite Kinetics  who has joined us for the past two years and Friday night was a return of the diggers dinner at the Grandstand bar. Our local hockey club catered for this dinner.

Saturday at noon the main street was closed, the tents went up, tables came out, the band played, dancers danced and a rationed lunch in the street was on. Jasmin from Crazy Fun Amusement Hire brought some giant chess games which the kids loved to play.

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The WA Army Pipe Band

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Simply Swing for putting on a fabulous show with dance routines at the Cummins Theatre Merredin

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_S2Q3391-2The 10th Australian Light Horse Regiment were represented at Destination Merredin

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William Last of Four Seasons lofts held a display to show the important role messenger pigeons played during the war. In fact one of the pigeons in the display is a direct descendant of pigeons that were used during the Second World War. Drew Zweck and Amy and Patrick Rose of Moorine Rock helped put the messages on the pigeons.
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12 pigeons carried messages and were released to fly back to the barracks (home) and Sheree and William went to meet them. As they arrived, William took the messages from the pigeons and Sheree text the messages to Anthony Tilli who read them out to the rationed diners who were delighted with the messages back in town.

A fashion parade hosted by Kirsty Mackenzie featured beautiful dresses and outfits with the war time theme. The outfits worn by the Destination Merredin crew were all made by Kirsty.

A quick dash home, shower and get ready for the night of your life.

Dine and Dance at the Cummins Theatre was a real treat. The tables had been set up beautifully by “I’ll make it” I wanted to mention this in particular because the table centerpieces were stunning but easily made and simple which I thought was exactly how things were done during the tough Wartime. _S2Q3837_S2Q5635The Military band was one of the very best bands I’ve seen in years and the visiting swing dancers were outstanding and got everyone dancing.

Sunday was ‘The Mother’s Day Picnic in the Park.’ A morning service started another big day which brought family’s out into the sunshine having picnic lunches, flying the kites they made last Thursday and a big open air church service at the reflection ponds followed by the ‘White Dove’ release hosted by Diane Last which was for all mothers. There were craft stalls, giant chess games, Croquet from York Croquet Club and photo booths from Amity Health.