Thunder sees Celts run for cover
By LEE McDOUGALL
WHILE we may have all been praying for rain in recent weeks, the welcome wet stuff played havoc with events organised for the June long weekend. Celtic Thunder event organiser Ray Ellington said the forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology on Saturday resulted in the annual event being cancelled. "We had the street parade Saturday morning and held some events but we soon told people to pack up," Mr Ellington said. "It wasn't worth getting pneumonia over. We spoke to the Bureau of Meteorology and they informed us that it was going to rain until Tuesday, so we made the decision Saturday afternoon to cancel. "I couldn't believe it when I woke up (Sunday) morning and the sun was shining." Coffs Harbour received below average rainfall for April and May with the 56mm received in the 24-hour period to 9am yesterday being welcome. The forecast for today is isolated showers, with moderate southerly winds. Orara the brave
The 28th Annual Orara Valley Fair will proceed today come rain, hail or shine. Fair committee president Teena Goodman said there had been too much effort gone into organising the annual event to call it off. "This is the major fundraising event for the Orara Valley Community Hall and the recreation ground. "So we hope the community will come out and support us even if the weather isn't perfect," Ms Goodman said. The committee this year has made a concerted effort to return to the animal displays with this year featuring goat milking displays, a children's farm and a full horse event arena. The Orara Valley Fair begins at 10am today. Entry is $3 adults, $2 children, $10 family. There is free parking or a free Beaumonts Bus leaves Park Avenue Woolworths bus stop at 10am, returning at 3pm.