Crowd down at postponed fair

00:00, Feb 07 2013

The sun shone at the Washbourne Gardens fair but a poor turnout disappointed some regular stallholders.

Richmond Playcentre's annual outdoor market is usually held on Nelson anniversary day, but rain on Monday postponed festivities until yesterday.

Eighty-nine-year-old retired-builder Henk Hylkema has sold his handmade wooden crafts at the fair for the past 15 years.

There were fewer people at the garden fair than usual, he said, probably because they didn't know it had been delayed until Wednesday.

It was still great to share his woodcraft hobby with others, he said. Mr Hylkema was the most senior of three generations of the Pine family at Washbourne Gardens yesterday.

Yesterday Mr Hylkema's daughter Karen and great-grand-daughter Jessie handled sales while he and Florence, his wife, supervised from the vantage of two shaded deckchairs.


The Nelson Mail