Festival family of helpers is well worth joining next year

MAY I take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for being part of the yearly fun that we call the Gladstone Harbour Festival?

It's eight days of absolute fun of which the community should be very proud. Sunday night's Jazz 'n' Shiraz was an absolute highlight.

It was a pleasure to watch the Blues Brothers Band and Tom Burlinson with his amazing line-up of musicians.

Honestly, we've had an amazing week of fun, after a little stall with Cyclone Ita raining on our parade, but really after that it was all smooth sailing.

The Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race was quite slow compared to previous years.

Many were still racing as the paper went to press.

The ACCA DACCA show on Friday was great, as were the rides for the kids, the Amazing Asher with her Lyra performance on the giant ring on stage and the amazing fireworks just about each night.

Now, I'm just one of dozens of volunteers who give up their time each year for this event.

You may remember me commending the volunteers after each year's festival, but it needs to be done.

These volunteers travel back to Gladstone to do this each year because they love the town, the people they volunteer with and they appreciate giving back to the community that has helped them in years gone by.

There are certain people who come back each year and have been doing it for 30-plus years.

Who does that in today's world? They do because they love it.

So I just want to say a big thank you to each and every one of them.

I class them as my "festival family" and I can honestly say that each of them are wonderful people.

If you come along each year and enjoy this free festival, consider helping out next year.

It could be flipping burgers, perhaps handing out drinks for a couple of hours, or it could even be helping backstage organising all the acts so we have a smooth, stress-free show each night.

If you would like to help, contact Gladstone Festival and Events from Wednesday, because I reckon they'll still be having a sleep in this morning as they are all a bit tired after the past two weeks.

So from me to you, thanks and we look forward to 2015.