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Brides of Heritage Week

Tuesday, 12th February, 2019

Broken Hill CWA members Lucy Phillips, Fran Whitelaw and Danielle Kennedy. They are wearing Mel McAllister’s wedding dress from 1992, Kathy Prenzel’s wedding dress from 1994 and Judi Prenzel’s wedding dress from 1960, respectively. PICTURE: Callum Marshall Broken Hill CWA members Lucy Phillips, Fran Whitelaw and Danielle Kennedy. They are wearing Mel McAllister’s wedding dress from 1992, Kathy Prenzel’s wedding dress from 1994 and Judi Prenzel’s wedding dress from 1960, respectively. PICTURE: Callum Marshall

By Callum Marshall

The Broken Hill Country Women’s Association will be running a bridal-dress-themed high-tea event during this year’s Heritage Week

Taking place at the Civic Centre on April 28, individuals will be treated to a fashion show of local wedding, bridesmaid and flower girl dresses from over the years, while indulging in scones, cakes and sandwiches.

Some dresses will be on display as well and include story notes about them, with one stretching as far back as the late 1800s.

“Because it’s Heritage Week and because we’re CWA, we wanted to do something about women and we figured brides (would be a good theme to explore),” said Broken Hill CWA’s Fran Whitelaw. 

“So it’s pretty much a bride-through-the-years high tea. So the doors will open at 12pm and the fashion show will start at 1pm sharp.

“The tickets are thirty dollars, non-refundable, and with that you’ll get an endless supply of tea and coffee throughout the afternoon.

“You’ll also get a beautiful spread of high-tea food which will include a course of scones and various sandwiches, quiches and other slices, alongside beautiful cakes.  

“The bar will be open if people want to purchase a beverage from there, and there’ll be entertainment to go along with the lovely fashion parade of all the wedding dresses through the years.

“There will also be displays of some dresses as well as the fashion parade.

“There’ll be some story notes to go with each of the dresses as well,” added local CWA member Lucy Phillips.

“There are quite a few that were worn during war-time which will be interesting to see come through and observe what they were made of.”

The event will also mark the local CWA’s first major fundraising event after reforming as a group just under a year ago.

“We’re about to celebrate our one-year anniversary and this is our first big foray into fundraising,” said Ms Phillips. 

“So with the funds (we get through this event) we’ll look at community projects around town that we can help out.

“Also (for the high tea), if people feel like they want to dress to the theme then (they’re more than welcome to do so.)”

With the event already getting a positive early response from older generations around town, the CWA said they wanted everyone to come along and learn something new, including young people.

“It’s all ages, so we’ve already had a big response from the older generation around town because that’s right up their alley,” said Ms Whitelaw.

“But we want all the young ones to come along as well because there’s a bit of history (involved), and they’ll learn a lot.

“We’ve got thirty five tables and its ten people per table, so if you want to be with a group just let us know when booking the tickets and we’ll sit you all together.

“Feel free to get individual tickets as well.”

The tickets for the CWA’s bridal-dress themed high tea will go on sale Monday, 18th February. 

To buy tickets, you can either call the Broken Hill CWA Secretary Danielle Kennedy on 0407 958 199 or email her at danielle.kennedy92@gmail.com

“We’re also happy to have new members,” said Ms Kennedy. “You can join online or you can contact me and I can send you a membership form.” 

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