Discussing plans for today’s baptism at the North Coast National are show society secretary Janelle Hancock (right), and her 13-month-old Myles, and sideshow rides owner and operator Rebecca Trindall, and her 14-month-old daughter Adelaide.
Discussing plans for today’s baptism at the North Coast National are show society secretary Janelle Hancock (right), and her 13-month-old Myles, and sideshow rides owner and operator Rebecca Trindall, and her 14-month-old daughter Adelaide. Jacklyn Wagner

Show a real blessing for one special child

BLESSING a baby at the North Coast National is not usually on the program of events.

But for Janelle Hancock, the show's secretary, it was a natural choice for her son Myles.

A year ago, Ms Hancock, of Lismore, and Rebecca Trindall, of Coffs Harbour, were both snapped at the show with their new babies by Northern Star photographer Jacklyn Wagner. Yesterday they reunited for another photo, Ms Hancock with 13-month old Myles and Ms Trindall with 14-month old Adelaide.

Ms Hancock invited Adelaide and her mother to Myle's baptism in the Cock and Bull Tent at the Lismore Showground today.

The Reverend Bob Rutherford, Superintendent of the Lismore Regional Mission Uniting Church, will change out of his cassock and clerical collar to don a top hat and frock coat like the early-day preachers.

The baptism service will be in the 'spirit' of traditional services, and Black Train and the Perch Creek Family Jug Band will join the congregation in singing old hymns like Amazing Grace. The church has had an eight-year association with the show, the Rev Rutherford said.

Ms Hancock has invited her family and the service is also open to the public. “The show is a big part of my life,” she said.

Nine-year old Zeke will be on hand to help his younger brother during the baptism.

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