SpongeBob SquarePants was the big hit at Celebrate the Sea.
SpongeBob SquarePants was the big hit at Celebrate the Sea. Mike Richards

Big roll-up confirms the need for more family events

WHILE the kids were the focus of the day, with SpongeBob SquarePants stealing the show and the attention of hundreds of youngsters, Celebrate the Sea festival at Gladstone Marina on Sunday was clear proof the region is crying out for more family-friendly events.

GAPDL senior project executive Kim Williams was ecstatic with the community support for the event, and said it backed GAPDL's belief that the region would embrace more family-based activities.

"It's been great," she said. "We've had so many more people than we dared even hope for turn up.

"We would've been happy to get a couple of thousand but there's just been so many more than that."

With free rides, live music and favourite cartoon characters dropping by, perfect weather provided an excellent backdrop for the event, which Gladstone residents flocked to in droves.

"It really confirms what we suspected, that there's a real need for family-based activities on a Sunday," Ms Williams said.

"Judging by the number of families that are down here, that's really confirmed what we suspected."

The public enthusiasm for the event was just reward for the team that worked tirelessly behind the scenes to put the day together.

Ms Williams said they could not thank the public enough for their support.