Sunday, 16 August 2009

Exhibition dismantled in Featherston on Sunday 16/08/09

A wonderful touch to the dismantle at Featherston
A thank you afternoon tea with some superb Wairarapa wines and lovely food for all the volunteers.
The Team had hit over 3,000 people, a wonderful achievement for provincial New Zealand.
What was so special about Featherston was the passion and the sense of ownership by the community.
They had all worked so hard to provide such a wonderful experience.
It was fantastic that one of the Belgians could thank them personally, Don created a direct link to Belgium and I could speak with the people in the ANZAC hall (early this morning in Belgium). In New Zealand it was 05.30 pm. The people of Featherston we grateful that they had the opportunity to host the exhibition but in fact it's nothing more than common sense. We said that Featherston was a must for us because of its historical significance in WWI but also because of the ANZAC-hall – that building breathes history. We are all very grateful here in Belgium for what Featherston has done for bringing your history back to the place where it belong.
Alister, Chris and Jo started to pull the Exhibition apart at 4 pm. It was a little bit sad...... It really felt like it belonged in the hall.

The Museum down the road was was opened throughout the exhibition and there volunteers manned that for longer periods than they would normally to coincide with the opening times of the exhibition. So it was very much a community effort.

Featherston, thank you very very much, especially Mayor Adrienne and her husband Don Staples.
Of course we hope to see you in Flanders when you are visiting the battlefields. Passchendaele will always be a home base for you !

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