Cup celebrations turn stylish

Tony Paterson and Bev Hughes presenting a cheque for the Narrandera Hospital Auxiliary to Pauline Hatherly.

The Melbourne Cup was celebrated in style at the Narrandera Race Club on Tuesday.

Around 88 attendees were dressed to the nines and donned hats for a two-course lunch, which was catered for by Hall’s Coffee Cottage.

Other guests enjoyed having a few flutters on the outcome of the cup.

“We were very happy with it,” said Tony Paterson, president of the Narrandera Race Club.

“We’ve had lots of positive feedback and people would like to come back for next year’s function.”

The day was marked by a substantial donation from the Race Club to the Narrandera Hospital Auxiliary.

“The race club would like to donate a sum of money to the Hospital Auxiliary, and we would like to thank Pauline Hatherly for graciously taking the dough,” said Tony Paterson, President of the Narrandera Race Club.

“On behalf of the auxiliary, I would like to thank everyone for their support, because when you support us, you are really supporting the hospital,” Ms Hatherly said.

“We were very pleased to be in a position to make a donation to the Hospital Auxiliary,” Mr Paterson said later.

“My wife is involved in the Hospital Auxiliary. It’s the little things they do that make the place run better and make the staff happier.”

After lunch there was a fashion parade with clothing supplied by Country Flair.

Local women Rosie Beeche, Briana Bryon, Joy Norrie, Jan Bock, Fiona Porter, Lesley Bailey and Robyn Gowan put their best foot forward to show off the fashions which can be bought in Narrandera.

While some of the models were a little bit nervous at the start, the friendly atmosphere and good humour of the crowd meant that nerves soon dissipated and the models were cheerfully giving their own back.

Quips about the state of the dressing room flew back and forth, and the models even started weighing in with their own opinions of the clothing.

“Most people were very impressed with it all, and we will be doing it again next year,” said event organiser and Race Club Secretary Lee Sweeney.

After the parade the attendees gathered around to watch Rekindling race to the finish.

The year isn’t over yet for the Narrandera Race Club. On December 9 from 6.30pm the club will be hosting a Christmas party on the clubhouse lawn.

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