The Vintage Railway’s unique Concert At The Station, which was cancelled earlier this year due to bad weather, is back but with a big difference. Mayor John Carter will still be the exuberant MC, and there will be the same great line-up of Northland talent. But instead of sitting outside among the railway tracks the audience and performers will be inside the huge green Carriage Shed. So rain, snow, or sun it will still be on!
Unique features will remain. Performers will be on a stage provided by the base of a partly built replica of an historic four-wheel carriage. Seating beside carriages in need of considerable restoration will provide an interesting insight into the work still to be undertaken, as will be engines and a range of other railway equipment. The Railway’s Operation’s Manager Mike Bradshaw will give a talk on the restoration progress and other fascinating insights into the work of the Vintage Railway.
So keep the date of Sunday 1st May clear and aim to be at this special Northland event. The concert will start at 3.00pm. The audience will still need to bring their own seating as there will not be any seating provided either on chairs or in carriages. And be prepared to sit back and enjoy the variety of talent ranging from kapa haka to women’s barbershop, from country to blues, and from vocal to instrumental. Bella a Capella, Zoe King-Samuels, Wallace Johnson, TBK, Shilo Barbarich and Carleen Still will have you foot tapping and hand clapping.
Door sales only at adults $10, children $5, family pass $25. Cold drinks will be for sale and there will be two great raffles. Parking will be best behind or near the Star Hotel.
Frank Leadley 17 English Bay Rd, Opua 0200. Ph 09 4027650.
Attached Pic: Venue for this year’s Concert at the Station is the large Carriage Shed – one row of carriages and some of the equipment will be moved outside to make room for the concert.