Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

As Time Goes By

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

As Time Goes By

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OUR SAY

ADAM HOURIGAN

Editor

ANOTHER Jacaranda season is upon us, and with it the traditional queen crowning has come and gone under the lights at Market Square.

The ceremony is a nod to a time gone by but, thankfully, not a nod to the days when time went by at a slower pace, the night stretching out with countless speeches and formal proceedings.

This year, even after a fashionably late start, the ceremony was in, out and done by just after 8.30pm. Nothing was missed, everyone was thanked, and even the large group of candidates didn't slow down the show.

It is an effect of the gradual modernisation of the festival, and many of the candidates were asked on stage in front of many of those who hold the tradition dear what they thought.

They were unanimous in their support. Yes, names change, and no you can't camp out all day for that seat you now have to pay a nominal amount for, but what is still in each event is that quintessential Jacaranda spirit that everyone talks about. …

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