Echuca-Moama residents and visitors enjoyed three days of festivities and music at the annual Celtic Festival.By Kathleen Tonini
Cooler weather did not dampen Irish spirits at the Echuca-Moama Celtic Festival on the weekend.
Festival committee chairman Ross Veale said the festival was a stand-alone event this year, whereas in previous years it had been supplemented by another events.
He said the entertainment had been great and international act Wouter Kellerman was ‘‘sensational’’.
‘‘I think visitors and locals alike have had a wonderful weekend,’’ Mr Veale said.
He said the concert at Kerrabee Soundshell in Moama on Saturday had been well attended, as had the Victorian Male Welsh Choir concert yesterday.
Mr Veale said the weather could not be controlled and, in any case, was better than in Melbourne.
‘‘Overall, I think its been a wow of a weekend,’’ he said.
Julie Rowbottom, who is on the festival musical subcommittee, said the consensus from the various artists was positive.
‘‘(There were) 88 gigs over the weekend to organise, so it’s been flat strap,’’ she said.
Musical co-ordinator Kate Wright said the number of gigs had grown by about 30 per cent this year.
‘‘It’s just been a step up I suppose,’’ she said.
‘‘For me it’s about seeing the smiles on people’s faces.’’
Other events included in the festival schedule were an ecumenical service at the Aquatic Reserve on yesterday morning and the community dog walk at Lions Park, run by the Lost Dogs’ Home.
A Tamleugh North farmer has described the theft of four sheep fences from his tornado-damaged property ''a low act''.
Most people at the J C Lowe Oval left on Saturday evening talking about the game but not the result. Pigeon Coach Chris Kennedy summed up the feeling adequately when he said after the game; “it was a frustrating game, but my players weren’t responsible for the frustration.”
The move to extend the Tatura War Memorial area and honour Victoria Cross hero Robert Mactier with the erection of a statue in the Hogan St gardens named in his honour, continues.
A Kyabram man who struck a cyclist on Echuca-Moama bridge with a beer can thrown from the vehicle he was in was convicted and fined $400 in Moama Local Court on Wednesday.
A Rochester mother told a health forum about the devastating effect drugs have had on her family.
Over six hours of junior football is scheduled for Kyabram Recreation Reserve this Sunday.
Ten people were injured after Two Australian Light Armoured Vehicles (ASLAV) collided during a training course at the Puckapunyal Military Training Range in on Wednesday, May 22.
The Finley Apex Sports and Community Centre has secured a $500,000 grant from Regional Development Australia.
A purpose-built bike, equipped with amateur radio, will be on the O'Keefe Rail Trail tomorrow.
Cobram residents John Anderson and Ian Cobb will race down memory lane this weekend when they compete in the annual Historic Winton.
Deniliquin Fire and Rescue's open day has been hailed a success by captain Bill Muirhead.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) is investigating incidents of abortion or still-births under the Lamb and Kid Mortality Surveillance Project.(LKSMP).
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