We joined 700 or so caravans and motor homes over Easter to join in the 60th (Diamond Jubilee) NZMCA Rally. This huge event took place in our home town, so of course we had to attend, with just minimal driving required. People came from all over the country, plus campers from Australia and USA. Arriving later in the day than we would have liked, we were parked up in the adjacent school grounds, besides large trees giving us much needed afternoon shade.
At the Easter Rally
The official opening took place with a piper leading in the banner bearers, followed by speeches from VIPs, and then the rally was officially opened. I went to check out the banners after all the dignitaries had left the stage, and there were some rather special lovely ones on display. The Wellington group had created a new banner especially for the occasion, and it shimmered under the lights.
The West Coast banner caught my eye, especially the clever use of New Zealand themed fabric.
West Coast banner
The banner from Auckland featured well known Rangitoto Island, a flowering pohutukawa tree, and a rather non traditional interpretation of the Sky tower.
The Marlborough banner showcased the region’s award winning wine growing business, and sea life frolicking in the Marlborough Sounds.
It was great to see such creativity in these lovely banners – obviously designed and stitched by quilters!