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Flying start for St Pat’s

Friday, 15th February, 2019

Managers of the four major club sponsors (from left) The Workies’ Tim Roney, The Sturt Club’s Doug Coff, The Musicians’ Club’s Michael Boland and The Democratic Club’s Karren Howe had the honour of cutting the ribbon to open the St Pat’s office yesterday. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson Managers of the four major club sponsors (from left) The Workies’ Tim Roney, The Sturt Club’s Doug Coff, The Musicians’ Club’s Michael Boland and The Democratic Club’s Karren Howe had the honour of cutting the ribbon to open the St Pat’s office yesterday. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson

By Emily Ferguson

The St Pat’s Office has officially opened as race day quickly approaches.

With just four weeks to go until the biggest day on the Broken Hill calendar the committee is starting to get into full swing. 

The office was opened by the four local club mangers and major sponsors of the St Patrick Races.

St Pat’s Secretary Manager, Kimberley Fell, said the decision to involve the clubs in the opening was due to their unlimited support of the event. 

“It is not only financial support but we held meetings with the club mangers late last year where they offered advice on marketing and how we can improve our race day operations,” said Ms Fell.

The plans for the races stemmed from feedback received by the club in terms of facilities, food and drink, after last year’s event fell on a 39-degree day. 

“We will definitely provide more shade for our race goers, we will have additional food outlets with a wider and more diverse range of food plus for the first time we will have the public Pimm’s Marquee providing a product that is extremely popular with people,” said Mrs Fell. 

After hearing concerns from patrons about the dry, dusty pathway to the main gate, particularly for the women dressed in their best outfits, the club has begun sealing it along Telford Avenue. 

Mrs Fell said with the generous support from local businesses including Nejaim Steel, Mawsons, Andrew Finlayson and Steve Radford, racegoers will feel as though they were entering Flemington. 

“It has been amazing the response from these businesses and individuals,” she said. 

“The walkway, which is almost 100 metres long, will be sealed, we will have banners along the path and we have John Dynon working on a special race day mural for us.”

Although the office has just opened, ticket sales for all areas have been doing well. 

The exclusive Gary Radford Pavilion is almost sold out, with just 30 tickets still available. 

Wacky’s Bar and the Lawn Lounge have sold half of their ticket allotments and the Picnic Sites are selling quickly. 

The St Pat’s Office is located at 399 Crystal Street and is open from 9am Monday to Friday. For enquiries, call 8087 7550 or email admin@stpatricks.org.au 

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