Council lifeguards, including Del Evans from Sawtell, and surf lifesavers were out in force this weekend for the first weekend
Council lifeguards, including Del Evans from Sawtell, and surf lifesavers were out in force this weekend for the first weekend

HIT THE BEACH!

By MEL MARTIN

THE bumper crowds getting out and about for this action packed weekend of buskers, beer, boards, bushwalks, barbecues, and buttery birthdays, couldn't have asked for more perfect weather.

And Coffs Coast residents and visitors certainly took full advantage of the huge number of activities available ? many of which raised much needed funds for local charities.

The Pub With No Beer Festival attracted about 4000 people, who enjoyed a full day of music from Jimmy Barnes, Rose Tattoo, the Hoodoo Gurus, and more.

"It went very well, and I think everyone had a very very good time," Kristin Silva said.

"All profits from ticket sales will go towards building a Cancer Resource Centre in the Nambucca Valley, but it will take a couple of weeks to work out how much we raised exactly."

The Barney Miller Classic went beyond expectations, despite surf conditions leaving a lot to be desired at the start of Satruday.

"It's been very successful," organiser Mark Hodgson said.

"We were hoping to raise about $2000 for the Disabled Surfers Assocation, but we ended up with about $3000, so we're really pleased with that.

"The surf really picked up on the Sunday, and everybody's been really happy."

In Bellingen, the sun shone on the Old Butter Factory centenary celebrations, while Betty the old steam engine got a serious workout in Glenreagh, and art lovers were treated to a number of art exhibition, from woodwork in Dorrigo, to cartoons and calligraphy in Coffs Harbour.

Many long-weekend activities continue today.



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