Music in the park marks Lismores 150th birthday

Lismore mayor Merv King (centre) with Robert Smith (left) and Maurie Ryan, who will launch their book From Lios Mor to Tuckurimba at the sesquicentenary celebrations in Spinks Park this Saturday.

Lismore City Council will celebrate the citys 150th birthday (or sesquicentenary as its officially called) with a big celebration of heritage this Saturday, October 14, in Spinks Park.

Its 150 years since Lismore was first declared a town, and 60 years ago it was gazetted as a city.

Lismore mayor Merv King said it was fitting that celebrations for the sesquicentenary be held in Spinks Park as it was first set aside as a public reserve in 1856. The band rotunda in the park has been repainted and refurbished just in time, and live music will fill the rotunda, much like it was in the days gone by.

Cr King said the event promised to be an old-fashioned morning of music in the park, with performances by the Lismore City Concert Band, Lismore City Pipe Band and Jazz on the Move.

Im sure there are many in our community who remember going to Spinks Park to relax, enjoy the music and the surroundings, he said. I hope they will do so again on Saturday.

In keeping with the heritage theme a new book called From Lios Mor to Tuckurimba, written by local historians Maurie Ryan and Robert Smith, will be launched on the day. It details how the area was seen by its early settlers, details the naming of Lismore (from Lios Mor in Scotland) and has lots of old photos showing a side of Lismore many would not have seen.

The day runs from 10am-1pm and there will also be childrens activities such as face painting and hat making. Other organisations who reside in the Spinks Park precinct are also opening for the day.

Visit the Lismore Fire Station from 11am-1pm; drop in at Lismore Croquet Clubs open day; visit the Lismore Regional Gallerys new exhibitions; wander around the Richmond River Historical Society from 10am-3pm; or take the kids for a swim at the Memorial Baths, where therell be a sausage sizzle and the the inflatable Luna Landa waterslide.

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