Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Fire Fails to Silence Band; Community Rallies after Heavy Losses

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Fire Fails to Silence Band; Community Rallies after Heavy Losses

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AFTER a devastating loss for the East Ballina Lions Club last Saturday morning, the band still played at the Ballina Market on Sunday - and that says it all.

A fire last Saturday morning at the Lions club's shed, which is located between Fripp Oval and the Ballina TAFE off Canal Rd, destroyed all the club's equipment which they use to raise money for the community - including a barbecue trailer.

But in a spirit of getting on with the job, the Lions held the monthly market, which they run, using loaned barbecues and marquees to keep the fundraising going - and the Ballina Shire Concert Band performed as usual.

Club secretary, Max Moore, said the club, which usually received grateful thanks from the people they support, said it was the Lions turn now to thank the community.

"This will knock us around, but it won't put us out of business," he said.

"We will get stronger, and we will be more determined (in their support of the community).

"We've all had adversities in our life, and this one is for us. …

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