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W.D.F.F. Unity Day

One of the biggest days of the year now for members of the branches of the W.D.F.F. throughout the province is the Unity Day competitions. Members from 14 branches competed in tableau, choral, miming, verse speaking and "hootenannying" before a capacity crowd at Stoke in the afternoon. The morning was taken up with the table contest featuring two colour harmony. A tremendous lot of fun for everyone. The tables were beautifully arranged, but the predominant features of them were the cakes, magnificently iced in some cases. These went to charitable organisations in Nelson after the day ended.

Outstanding (in our view at least) was the Wakapuaka hootenanny "Oompapa" (from "Oliver"), above. The ladies involved were Molly Wastney, Margaret Prewett (back), Margaret Carr and, at top right, president Avis Young. Right up to date in the miming section was the "lunar" entry, below, by the Murchison branch.


The Mapua-Mahana branch left the 20th century for their mime and returned to the days of knights and the Fair Eleanor (who was getting stabbed fatally when we took this pic).


Top left: Co-winners of the table display were Brightwater (Vivienne Marris and Lois Chienall and, absent, Marie Klop) with Tapawera-Tadmor (centre left), Shirley Kyfiuk, Mary Taylor, Joan Hancock and Margaret Faulkner.


Mrs Valerie Cheesman with the Mapua-Mahana entry which gained third place.


How the National Development Council measures up was the theme for the tableau by Murchison.


Another good entry in the hootenanny was that of Brooklyn-Umukuri to the tune of "My Old Man's an All Black".