Maclean Lions’ Ken Crampton holds his Australian-start flag.
Maclean Lions’ Ken Crampton holds his Australian-start flag.

Fun-filled Friday at Brooms Head

WHETHER you’re fighting fresh ready for the New Year, or waking up with a hangover, there’s only one place to celebrate the first day of the year in the Clarence – Brooms Head for the annual family sports day.

Organised by the Lions Club of Maclean, the sports program is a relaxing, fun-filled day out for all the family with organised events for all ages and abilities.

“We’ve been doing it for so long a lot of it just falls into place on the day, but there’s still a lot of people who have been working hard getting everything together,” event organiser Laurie Fitzpatrick said.

Sports include beach sprints, long distance races, three-man boat races, family races, tug-o-war and the famous Brooms Head throw, where participants have to toss a broom head.

Like most years, businesses from Brooms Head and Maclean have donated a range of prizes, including a stack of $50 vouchers.

The first event is set to start at 10.30am but with a high tide forecast for 9am, Mr Fitzpatrick said it was always a moving feast.

“Things always have to be changed and moved around according to the high tide, but that’s all part of it,” he said.

“Even the rain doesn’t stop us. We always get wet some way, whether it’s the tide coming in or the rain,” he said.

Other attractions include the annual Brooms Head market day held along the beachfront from 9am.

The Leo’s talent quest will also return in 2010. It’s open to singers, performers, musicians, poets, joke tellers and everyone in between. It will start around lunch time, with $200 worth of cash prizes up for grabs.

We always get wet some way, whether it’s the tide coming in or the rain.



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