Raymond Terrace came alive last weekend at the Step Back into King Street Heritage Festival. In its fourth year, it was bigger and better than ever, with many of us dressed up in vintage clothing in celebration of what was once the main street of Raymond Terrace.
Congratulations go to the irrepressible organiser, Kaye Newtown, and her hardworking team including Peter Robinson, Adam Nicholas, Liz Stephens, Beryl and Peter Boyles, Laura Taylor and Angel Nicholas.
As always, their hard work was backed up by local groups—Raymond Terrace Lions; Raymond Terrace Rotary; Raymond Terrace Historical Society; Karuah Local History Group.
Raymond Terrace Senior Citizens; Raymond Terrace Scouts; Irrawang High School Drum Corps; Hope Community Choir; Dance Extreme; Voyage of Irish Dance; Raymond Terrace Men's Shed and Band; Maitland Embroiderers; Sanjex Seratti, who brought his penny‑farthings; and the Good Samaritan Donkey Sanctuary.
Performances from Wallalong Boys, Black Joak Morris Dancers and the Hunter School of the Performing Arts marching band took us back in time.
I thank the sponsors: Port Stephens Council, MarketPlace Raymond Terrace and Storage King Raymond Terrace. I cannot wait for next year's festival.