Happy 100th birthday ... from left: Coffs Ex-Services Club chief executive officer John Rafferty, Coffs Coast Advocate general
Happy 100th birthday ... from left: Coffs Ex-Services Club chief executive officer John Rafferty, Coffs Coast Advocate general

100 YEARS OLD!

By CRAIG McTEAR

LORRAINE Booth loves a good party, which is exactly what she had at Advocate Park yesterday.

Lorraine was among the estimated crowd of 3000 revellers who celebrated the Coffs Coast Advocate's 100th birthday at our Centenary Fair.

Her family has lived in Coffs Harbour for half that time, and her late father, Ted, used to write golf news and racing tips for this newspaper.

"We used to have Murray's Seed Store in Moonee Street," Lorraine said.

"I'd like to find a copy of any of the old Advocates to show my elderly mum.

"The Advocate has been an important part of my family's life in Coffs Harbour.

"It's communicated news and views to the community, and everybody loves to read it. It's hard to believe it's been going for 100 years."

You name it, the Centenary Fair had it, ranging from music, kids rides, market stalls and produce to displays of vintage cars and machinery, whip-cracking, a blacksmith demonstration, log cutting and stonemasonry.

Newspaper tossing was also an opportunity for residents and visitors to show off their skills.

Garry Wedd is the events coordinator with the Coffs Harbour Vintage Car Club, and he was thrilled to be part of yesterday's festivities.

"I've been in Coffs Harbour all my life, and I've found the Advocate keeps you in touch with what's going on in the local area," Garry said.

Juergen Rehwinkel, who owns the Place a Plant Service, caught up with plenty of old acquaintances yesterday.

He had a happy association with the Advocate with his gardening column, which ran every Thursday.

"It's a good local paper," he said.

Coffs Coast Advocate general manager Richard Reynolds yesterday described the newspaper as an 'institution'.

"The Advocate looks forward to many more years of being involved in our community," he said.

n See pages 8 and 9 for more photos from yesterday's Centenary Fair.

Today marks 100 years to the day since the Advocate was first printed, so come along and help us celebrate at Pioneer Park next to the Coffs Harbour Museum in Harbour Drive.

Coffs Coast Advocate staff will be hitting the barbecues with a community sausage sizzle from 7am to 9.30am.



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