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Wednesday, 14th February, 2018

Mayor Darriea Turley cuts the ribbon marking the countdown to St Pat’s day with Club President Allan Carter. PICTURE: Kara de Groot Mayor Darriea Turley cuts the ribbon marking the countdown to St Pat’s day with Club President Allan Carter. PICTURE: Kara de Groot

By Kara de Groot

The countdown to the St Pats Races is now on.

Yesterday Mayor Darriea Turley and St Pats Race Club President Allan Carter cut the ribbon across the St Pats Club door, signalling the opening of the club office to the public, and the start of the countdown to the race that stops the town.

St Pats is a little more than four weeks away, and Club President Allan Carter said it was exciting to have race day fall on St Pats day this year.

This is Mr Carter’s first year handling race preparations as club president, and he said it’s been an interesting time.

“We’re in the final stages of fine tuning a few new innovations for our patrons and it is rather exciting to know we have less than a month to do so,” Mr Carter said.

“There is so much work involved and at the same time our committee and volunteers are aware we have an important community responsibility to stage Broken Hill’s biggest event.

“The thing I have noticed is how reliant we are as a club on the passion and generosity of our workers and sponsors, we would be lost without them.”

Mayor Darriea Turley said it was great to be able to officially kick off the countdown.

She said the race day is an important event not just for locals, but visiting tourists, friends and family.

“It’s a time for reunions, it’s a time for a little flutter, and it’s also a time to dress up,” Mayor Turley said.

“I know the committee is very excited; now the countdown has started they’ll see people coming in and getting their memberships, people will start buying their outfits, it gets a buzz into town that we all love.

“This is the year to go: the weather is going to be glorious and people have a great time, it’s time to come and experience it, or come back again.”

Events in the lead up to St Pats kick off this weekend with the Hats n Heels High Tea this Saturday at the Sturt Club.

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