Art Deco weekend helps town find right mix

Last updated 12:00 21/02/2014

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An eclectic mix of Vikings, pipers, musicians, artists and themed shops will greet visitors to Dannevirke as the town links up with Napier's Art Deco Weekend.

Tararua District Council spokeswoman Lianne Simpkin said the city was "putting its best foot forward" for the day's activities being planned for Sunday.

She said a steam train from Napier would roll into town about 12.40pm.

"There's roughly 300 people on the train. We'll have a musician at the station who is going to play banjo music, train music, while the people are disembarking.

"We have a pipe band led by a pied piper who's going to be dressed like a Viking. He's going to pipe them into town."

Attractions included art displays, and a car display involving about 30 "hot rod-type cars".

She said many shops usually closed on Sundays would be open.

"That opens Dannevirke up to all the people from the Dannevirke, Palmerston North and Manawatu area to come and have a look at that. A lot are themed as much as they can with the train," she said.

"We've got things like facepainting, and the Dannevirke Cave is open. It's a massive feature and they've got a lot of people on deck there.

"The New Zealand Police Museum is open, the museum is open, and a lady has opened up her house because it is 100 years old this weekend."

She said the two-storey house was a "magnificent property" with a lot of art deco on display.

"The town will be buzzing, and we want to invite everybody to come over and join in. And it looks like the weather might be on our side."

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- Manawatu Standard

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