Rain mars picnic 150th festivities

Black Gully sesquicentennial committee members Rhonda Haugh (left) and Diane Glennie, of...
Black Gully sesquicentennial committee members Rhonda Haugh (left) and Diane Glennie, of Crookston, show off some period style on Saturday at Black Gully. Photo by Hamish MacLean.
The one day they did not want the rain, they got it.

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Heavy rain on Saturday interrupted the 150th anniversary celebrations of Black Gully's first ''Monster Picnic''.

John Hellewell, of Tapanui, performed on stage after many had packed up and headed for their cars.

''We need the rain, but it would have been better if it had come tomorrow,'' he said.

Black Gully sesquicentennial committee member Rhonda Haugh said the approximately 200 people who arrived in the morning represented a good crowd, if not a ''monster'' one as in the days of old.

And there had been ''at least a couple of hours'' of good weather on the day.

The weather did not co-operate ''but what can you do?''

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