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Festival renewed after decade of bad weather

Nov 2nd, 2009 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

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LINED UP: Members of a young Indonesian dance troupe perform at the Belmont Spring Festival.

TYPICAL Hutt weather constantly postponed the Belmont Spring Festival in recent years, but grey skies didn’t deter organisers this time around.

After more than 10 years in abeyance, the festival returned on Saturday with a range of cultural performances and activities for children.

The weather did get the better of the festival yet again earlier this month, but with no other date available, the weather circling over the Belmont Domain was ignored.

The return of the festival was to coincide with the springtime flowering of the rhododendrons in the Domain’s garden.

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MIXING IT UP: The Wainuiomata Rural Fire Force combines with the Scottish dancing group.

Among the diverse performers was a Scottish dancing group who entertained the crowd of several hundred when they got the Wanuiomata Rural Fire Force to join them on stage.

An Indonesian dance group made up of children from throughout the Wellington region also performed.

“You just don’t even think of all the cultures that are involved in the Hutt,” says Judy Robb, Horticultural Assets Manager for Hutt City Council

“I didn’t even know we had an Indonesian group of that size. The kids were very professional.”

The festival also featured stalls from Hutt Valley Fire Police and Capital Seniors Incorporated, and an Espresso Rescue with organic fair trade coffee.

The Hutt Valley Fire Police stall was set up to teach people to be safe in their homes.

Senior Station Officer David Ackroyd says the biggest problem is people coming home late at night, starting to cook, and then falling asleep.

“It’s teaching the children that if there is a fire in the house to get down, get let and get out of the house.”

Ms Robb says the community has been reminded of what the festival was like many years ago, but it has been great to see all sorts of community groups here.

“We have had lots of other groups come up to me and say that they would like to perform or have a stall. So I think next year will be bigger and better.”

The only disappointment was the late withdrawal of African drummers Jambo Jambo.

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