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Town Hall Re-enactment - 100 years on...

05 December 2011

Flash mobs and more...

If you were in Bridge Street on the afternoon of Sunday, 27th November, you may have felt as though you had been transported back in time …. 100 years, in fact.  A mounted police constable, complete with sabre, Shetland ponies pulling a viceroy, a horse-driven landau carrying Adrian and Sally Pederick and Allan and Pam Arbon and Ron and Nita Clarke’s 1911 International Harvester Auto Wagon made their way down to the Murray Bridge Town Hall to re-enact the original opening of the Town Hall, known then as the Institute, in 1911.

At the same time, a flash mob set off on foot from the Food Court in the new Marketplace Shopping Centre.  Shoppers and staff were enthralled by the ever-growing group singing Waltzing Matilda as they wended their way up to the Town Hall to join about two hundred people, many of them in period costume, to witness the re-enactment.  The Town Band played “God Save the Queen” and the Town Hall was set up with stalls replicating the original stalls from 1911.  Inside the Town Hall, there was entertainment all afternoon culminating with a concert in the evening featuring the very talented Murray Bridge Players and Singers Inc Youth Group.

This event was part of council’s Imagine Your Rural City 2020 campaign and was organised by the Imagine Performing Arts Sub-Group.  This group consists of community members including members of The Murray Bridge Players and Singers Inc and the Murray Bridge and District Historical Society.  This group felt that it was important to understand the past before imagining the future. 

Mildy Raveane
Rural City of Murray Bridge
8539 1100 or
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