Thousands flock to (possibly last big) Spring into Corrimal street festival

The clouds cleared and thousands came early for what could be the last Spring into Corrimal Festival on Sunday.

There was such a large turnout at the beginning that the man many are calling the King of Corrimal walked near the front of the what could be the very last grand parade waving and thanking everyone for their attendance.

Organising committee chair Paul Boultwood said this had been the hardest year for the team of volunteers behind the event. He hoped the street parade can be held again next year and that the festival continues.

Mr Boultwood said without sponsorship and generous community support the committee would not have been able to cover the additional costs of security this year.

Many local Corrimal residents were among the large crowd who arrived early for the street parade at 10am. They did not want to miss what could be the last one.

Nicole Charlton said is was beautiful to see the community come out in such large number on such a perfect sunny day for what could be the last hurrah for the street parade.

Nicole Charlton interview at Spring into Corrimal

She said it would be sad to see something go that brings so many people together in such a fun happy way.

“I have been coming along for more than 30 years,” Mrs Charlton said.

“We bring the whole family out, have lunch and enjoy all the stalls. It is really sad that it is going to end. I don’t think it will be the same. I hope they keep it going.”

Tammie Marshall interview

Tammie Marshall said she and her family lived in Corrimal and walked down the road to see the street parade every year. She said it would be really sad to see it go.

“But I understand that it is such a big event now and is so busy that it is going to have to go to another location. But it sad though. It is nice to have it come down the street.”

Ms Marshall was in the front of the parade in a vintage car and then stood street-side with more of her family to watch the rest of the procession.

Corrimal RSL Club chief executive Sara Watkins has only been in the role for less than a year after moving from Bundeena to Corrimal for the job.

She had not see the festival before but was only too happy for the club to be a major sponsor because she knew it was such a fantastic event enjoyed by all in the community.

She was looking forward to the parade in great anticipation and said it was also great to see a community event attract so many visitors to Corrimal.

The RSL club hosted the car boot sale in its car park.

It is estimated between 50,000 and 60,000 people took advantage of the perfect spring weather for will hopefully not be the last Spring into Corrimal.

Start of Spring into Corrimal Street Parade

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