Peter Allen fans around Australia flocked to the place that the singer-songwriter still called home this weekend for Tenterfield’s inaugural Peter Allen Festival.
The party officially got underway with a celebration in Bruxner Park on Friday afternoon with live music and market stalls. The party extended into the evening as council’s new street tree lighting project rolled out just in time to create a sparkling ambience.
“Peter’s music has touched the hearts of people across the world, and it’s absolutely fitting that the festival is held here in Tenterfield – Peter’s birthplace and the home to one of his most well-known songs, Tenterfield Saddler,” Federal Member for New England Barnaby Joyce.
Mr Joyce was part of the official opening ceremony, along with state member for Lismore Thomas George and Tenterfield mayor Peter Petty, in a striking Australian flag vest.
“We delivered $30,000 to make this festival happen which will also celebrate the heritage and Indigenous history of this area as well as promoting local produce and suppliers, so this event is really bringing the whole community together,” Mr Joyce said.
Deputy Prime Minister and Regional Development Minister Michael McCormack said the festival was a huge win for the Tenterfield community, bringing in more than 1100 visitors across the weekend.
“This festival is not only a great opportunity to celebrate the music of one of Australia’s most beloved performers, it is also supporting local talent, tourism and small businesses in this region,” Mr McCormack said.
“Festival-goers are expected to spend nearly $300,000 in Tenterfield over the weekend, which is a significant boost for local businesses and a great outcome for the community.”
Cr Petty said events such as this would not be possible without the dedication and commitment of local businesses and community members, and funding through generous sponsorships and donations.
“Tenterfield has become a thriving town for visitors who are always sure to make a stop at the famous saddlery which Peter’s song placed on the world stage,” he said.
“The festival is sure to be a crowd-pleaser with the young and old alike, bringing to life the stories and charismatic performances of the late Peter Allen.”