Birthday celebration for racegoers Andrew Pearce (back) and (front, from left): Alice Pearce, birthday boy Alan Pearce, Rosie King and David King.
Birthday celebration for racegoers Andrew Pearce (back) and (front, from left): Alice Pearce, birthday boy Alan Pearce, Rosie King and David King. Stuart Turner

Northern Rivers enjoys a long weekend of fun

ACROSS the region, people were taking to different events or sources of entertainment as they enjoyed their Queen's Birthday long weekend, whether it be at Mazstock in Lismore, Bookfest in Lennox Head, the Old and Gold Festival in Brunswick Heads, or the Ballina races.

General manager of Ballina Jockey Club Craig Kelly said there had been a great turnout at the Ballina races yesterday despite the wet weather.

At their first June long weekend races at Ballina Jockey Club, it was great to see around 300 brave the grey weather to enjoy a day out.

German couple Linus Gambll and Kathy Westen, both 19, were enjoying their first taste of horse racing while on a working holiday around Australia.

They are enjoying a brief stay in the area before moving on and decided to sample the races.

Ms Westen, who is from Bavaria, was glad to be away from her flood-hit home country.

"We are having a nice time," she said.

"The weather is not very nice here - but it is worse back home at the moment.

"Horse racing is not very big in Germany. It is cool looking at the races and seeing what goes on."

Rosie King was with family members celebrating the birthday of her dad, Alan Pearce, of Evans Head, who turned 85 on Saturday.

Mrs King, from Byron Bay, said they were having a great day - even if they had not picked many winners.

"It is a bit of a family tradition for us to come here," she said.

"We haven't had much joy financially, but it's been a great day anyway."

The meeting was only partially completed before being abandoned due to the wet conditions.

Lismore Birch Carroll and Coyle Cinemas had a huge number of people popping in to catch one of the latest films over the weekend.

Manager Brooke Savvas said it could be attributed to the films on offer and the wet weather.

Readers on Facebook reported varying tales of how they were spending their public holiday yesterday.

Some said they were staying inside, out of the rain, chilling out with a book or DVD. Others were spending some quality time with their families, and others, even though they were not at work, were catching up on work-related tasks.



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