Market staff Joe Bob and Joe Dupre with Mum’s Home Baker, Gabrielle Pennington.
Market staff Joe Bob and Joe Dupre with Mum’s Home Baker, Gabrielle Pennington. Leigh Jensen

Perfect day to celebrate

BELLINGEN’S Community Markets turned 30 on Saturday and all the elements for a happy occasion lined up perfectly.

Markets manager Neil Hamilton said the day went off perfectly with the full complement of stalls, visitors, sunshine and plenty of the usual good vibes.

“The entertainment was especially enjoyable with many people staying on right until the end,” Mr Hamilton said.

“The break dancers were gasp-worthy and the string ensemble was delightful – our special thanks to the kids from Local Made.”

Mr Hamilton said it was an honour to have Gumbaynggirr elder Uncle Tom Kelly there and in the absence of Uncle Larry Kelly, Wirrungga Dunggirr led the smoking ceremony.

Bellingen Shire mayor Mark Troy said 30 years ago there was strong opposition to the markets.

“It is a real credit to those early and persistent organisers that the community markets were eventually established and quickly won wide acceptance and support,” Cr Troy said.



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