Festival committee farewells stalwarts

Marc Werts and Steve Mepham
23rd Jan 2024

The Guyra Lamb and Potato Festival committee paid tribute to three outstanding volunteers at last week’s annual stallholder dinner.
The dinner is held on the opening night of the festival and serves to renew friendships and welcome new people into the lamb and potato family.
A minute’s silence was observed for longstanding committee member, Ron Lockyer who passed away last year.
Ron was involved with the running of the festival for many years including a period as President.
He was also the driving force behind the operation of the Heritage Train which is an integral part of the festival every year.
The committee also thanked Marc Werts who is stepping down after 18 years of involvement with the festival.
Marc began as a stallholder representative before moving on to the committee and has been the organiser of the stalls during that time. He was presented with a certificate acknowledging the considerable effort he has put in over a long time.
Long-standing stall holder and committee member, Betty Sheelah was presented with life membership and patron badges.
Betty has been an integral part of the event for 33 years and was described as a ‘treasure’ who will be ‘sorely missed’.
While Betty will no longer be involved with the day-to-day running of the Lamb and Potato Festival, she will always be a much valued member of the festival ‘family’.

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