Jill?s special Jaca honour
By LEIGH PRITCHARD
AT 9.30am on Friday, a quick phone call topped off one of Jill Campbell's best birthdays.
The South Grafton resident, 67, was named as the Matron of Honour for the 2006 Jacaranda Festival.
Mrs Campbell said her grandaughter, the 2005 Jacaranda Holiday Princess, Karla Bursle, and family were on hand to congratulate her.
"I am very excited, I think it is an honour," Mrs Campbell said. "I couldn't have asked for anything better. My family and friends are everything to me."
Mrs Campbell helped Karla raise almost $8,000 last year.
She said during Jacaranda week Karla stayed at her home where Mrs Campbell took care of her, washing and laying out her clothes and waiting for her to get home.
"(Karla) will be a great help. She has promised to look after Grandma for a week," Mrs Campbell said.
"We have always gone to Jacaranda things, last year was the first year we have seen the other side and have been more involved."
She said her husband of 43 years, Olwin, daughter Karen Bursle and son Mark Campbell nominated her for Matron of Honour on Mother's Day. She said her main role would be to chaperone the Jacaranda candidates and look after their welfare.
"It will be like another family," Mrs Campbell said.
Mr and Mrs Campbell do regular volunteer work and are members of St Mattews Anglican Church.