Cook lands to 1770 festival success
JAMES Cook made his most suc- cessful landing at 1770 to date on Saturday, according to 1770 Festi- val organisers.
Spokesman for the festival committee Gordon Christian said the committee's intention to turn the festival into an event of re- gional significance appeared to have been achieved.
'We had aimed at increasing attendance from 3000 last year to 5000 this year,' he said.
'Some have estimated that we had doubled the numbers we had last year.'
Mr Christian said the success was achieved with no outside funding.
He said the only 'hitch' was the festival parade.
'It was supposed to happen in a half an hour, but it took one hour ? that is something we will have to sort out,' he said.
He said Cook landed as expect- ed in a re-enactment of his land- ing on May 24, 1770, on time and in the right place and Australia's place was now secure again until next time when he would do it even bigger and better.
He said Gladstone Area Promo- tion and Development Ltd had promised to assist next year's event by backing the festival committee's application for fund- ing for a professional events co- ordinator.