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Step Back into King Street Heritage Festival

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by Philip Duncan (subscribe)
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The accent of this heritage festival is on participation and learning about the past.

There is a soap box for people to tell their story about living or working in King Street in its heyday. There will be no sound systems using a town crier and megaphone only. The idea is to step back into the past as King Street didn't turn on power until 1929.

Period games such as draughts, jacks or knucklebones and quots, hop scotch and skipping will be played on the day.

There will be writing with quill feathers. Have a go at fishing with a bamboo pole. If you misbehave on the day you may find yourself in the stocks outside of the old bond store.

For the schools puppet display, all seven schools in Raymond Terrace have been sent a set of 5 plywood puppets – shadow style with sticks. Each school is putting on a 3 to 5 minute play starting with the words "Long, long ago……" They will paint and create their own characters from the puppets which are a horse, donkey, man, woman, and girl.

There will be market stalls focusing on goods of the period and a dress up box with a photographer. Also there will be food stalls available for when you feel a little hungry. keep an eye out for the street performers as well during the day.

The top 20 photos from the recent king street photo competition and photos from the movie "Tomorrow When" which was partly filmed in King Street will be on display.

The most important part of the day at least for the bride and groom will be the marriage. This is a real one – two Raymond Terrace families. The couple have been together for many years and known each other since Year 4. They have 167 invited guests, but you are all invited to share the occasion. Please dress up and at least wear a hat or bonnet.

You also can get involved by renewing your vows under the marriage trees. See the website for the details and register before 31 March 2015.
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Where: King Street Raymond Terrace
Cost: Free entry
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