Fun day at Lochmara Lodge

Sun, storytelling and a spot of swimming made for success at the Lochmara Family Fun Day yesterday.

The fifth annual fun day, billed as a celebration of life in the Sounds, saw sightseers and Marlborough residents turn up in their droves to the shores of Lochmara Bay. Hosts Louise Bright and Shayne Olsen put on a packed programme of free events for children and their families.

Marlborough duo Silverwood and Nelson musicians Weave provided the musical entertainment while families picnicked along the waterfront. Children had their faces painted and played hopscotch and quoits before embarking on the serious business of a guided treasure hunt around Lochmara.

The Lochmara Big Swim proved a popular draw with seasoned swimmers and novices stepping up for the ocean swim challenge. Blenheim man Paul Sell braved stingrays during the 1500-metre swim to come home first in a time of 22min 24sec. Marlborough Boys' College PE teacher Gray Cornelius headed others in the 750m swim in a time of 16min 22sec.

Haylee Milham from Blenheim enjoyed the day with her children and their grandparents.

"Shane and Louise have opened up their home and have given something back to everyone who has supported them. It is not often there is such fantastic free activities for children and their families on offer."

The Marlborough Express