Monday, December 11, 2023

Fabulous fun and games at Howick Lions’ summer festival

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For years they partnered with the Military Tattoo for one of the main events in the Howick calendar.

GREAT LINE-UP: High energy students of Triple A Aerobics strikes a pose for the Times. Times photo Farida Master

But for the very first time, Howick Lions Club went solo to run the Howick Lions Summer Festival on Sunday at Lloyd Elsmore Park.

With support from the Howick Local Board, they managed to pull off a fun show.

The festival had a great line-up of entertainment that included a performance by Roger Skinner and the Motivation band; followed a show of flexibility by gymnasts from the Flow Gym and dancers from the Doyle Academy of Irish dance.

High energy performances by award-winning students of Triple A Aerobics, run by Amanda Bush, eight times New Zealand Champion and World ranked international athlete, had the audience cheering.

There was plenty of fancy foot-work as dancers from Carter Chan Dance studio made some groovy moves on stage. Adding a multicultural flavour were dancers from the Bollywood Party group.

Adding to the fun and festivity was Howick Local Board member and town crier Jim Donald in traditional tartan, inviting people from the audience to join in the Scottish Country Dancing.

Recreating history with a gladiator fight was Imperial Romana, a friendly bunch of history enthusiasts.

Imperial Romana is a Roman Living History group that performs re-enactments and displays of the Roman Empire.

Food stalls, bouncy castle, Old Macdonald’s Farm, run rides and games, a fire truck and St John ambulance for children to explore, ensured it was a fun family day out.

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