Thousands of people turned out to celebrate Helensville's 150th birthday during Labour Weekend.
People came from throughout the country, including as far as Southland.
A street parade on Saturday was the main attraction. The roadsides were jammed with spectators as a massed pipe band, vintage vehicles and floats depicting various eras passed by.
The response has delighted Helensville 150th Celebrations Society president Laurence McLeod.
"It's a shot in the arm for Helensville, especially after what a happened in the past fortnight," he says, referring to the township mourning the sudden death of firefighter Lou Keefe (P4).
Mr McLeod is pleased the weather was good for Saturday's events, and only a few programmes had to be moved indoors during Sunday's rain and wind.
Queues formed for Kaipara River rides on the steam tug SS Puke. Sunday rides were delayed until the Monday public holiday because of the weather.
About 140 people attended the celebration's opening event, a Friday night wine and cheese, fashion show and film evening. Rodney councillor Penny Webster officially opened the anniversary events on Saturday, and the society's three patrons, Jean Narbey, 102, Jean Robinson, 101, and Murdoch McLeod, 99, cut the 150th birthday cake.
Kaumatua Nick Rata of Waitoki helped provide a Maori perspective to the event.
"I want to thank everyone who helped make the events and celebrations such a success," Laurence McLeod says.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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