THOSE WERE THE DAYS: Scenes from a 1950s float parade in Coffs Harbour.
THOSE WERE THE DAYS: Scenes from a 1950s float parade in Coffs Harbour. Contributed

Grand float parade for Coffs

IT WILL be many years before you see a Coffs Harbour float parade as spectacular as the one we'll have in two months.

The Sesquicentenary Parade on Sunday, November 20, will celebrate our 150th birthday and entries are flooding in from groups and businesses wanting to be part of this major event.

"Scores of organisations have applied to be part of the celebrations ahead of the October 28 deadline for submissions," said committee spokeswoman Anne Blair.

"We're delighted to welcome entries from National Parks and Wildlife, pipe bands, a Latin dance group, the Bunker Cartoon Gallery, multicultural groups, belly-dancers, vintage cars, Toormina Public School, Hair At The Promenade, Coffs Harbour Toyota and many more.

"But there is room for more. Or people may wish to explore opportunities to be part of the entertainment on the sound stage at the Jetty Foreshores or hold a stall at the Harbourside Markets that day. It will all be under the umbrella of a free family fun day.

Ms Blair said the parade was a time for sharing goodwill and tradition and showcasing Coffs Harbour's diverse community and cultural heritage.

Thousands of people are expected to line the parade route, earmarked for the Jetty end of Harbour Drive and along Jordan Esplanade.

"The only requirement is that entrants have their own public liability insurance and motor vehicle insurances and complete the simple forms on the council website," Ms Blair said.

Visit www.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au, call Malcolm McLeod on 6648 4840 or email malcolm.mcleod@chcc.nsw.gov.au.

Residents have one week to the deadline for submissions to a compendium book being published as part of the celebrations.

"We want today's generation to take advantage of all the wonderful submissions that are pouring in for the Coffs 150th Birthday Time Capsule," said organiser Nan Cowling.

"The time capsule is to be opened in 2047 - the 200th anniversary since John Korff named Korff's Harbour - but this will be too late for many residents of today and this is the reason this book is being published.

"Stories are being written by over 70 residents to make this a must have publication.

"Have you got a story that you would like to have printed? This is your chance to go down in history."

The books will cost $10 and limited numbers are being printed for distribution at the end of October.

Contact Mrs Cowling on 6652 3130.



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