By ADRIAN MILLER
Australia Day was celebrated loudly and proudly throughout the Clarence Valley yesterday with community events at Copmanhurst, Brushgrove, Grafton and Coutts Crossing.
The program began at Copmanhurst and Brushgrove, where the good old-fashioned Aussie barbecue helped to get things started. A favourite at Copmanhurst was the damper oozing with golden syrup.
At the Copmanhurst Sport and Recreation Ground, the celebrations moved on after breakfast with a ceremony, a musical performance and the presentation of awards.
Brushgrove held a morning tea along with a citizenship ceremony and a street parade, as well as an award ceremony, musical entertainment, a thong-throwing competition and a vintage car display.
In Grafton, crowds turned out for the agility dog display and an Aussie pet show.
An Australia Day luncheon was held at the Grafton Bowling Club. In the evening Grafton held its award and citizenship ceremonies, which were followed by a musical concert.
Coutts Crossing's celebrations started late in the afternoon and included a citizenship ceremony and Australia Day awards.