Cook?s reception to be loud
WHEN James Cook lands at Ag- nes Water today the reception is expected to be loud and crowded, a far cry to quiet landfall of 1770.
'Barring rain today, the festi- val and Cook's arrival will be a great success,' 1770 Festival Com- mittee organiser Gordon Chris- tian said yesterday.
'If anyone in Gladstone won- ders what he or she can do today or tomorrow, this is the place where it will all be happening.'
Mr Christian said the response to the festival promotion "has been phenomenal. Everyone's getting behind it.'
Mr Christian said the commit- tee took a plunge this year and doubled the budget for the festival to $40,000.
'A total of $20,000 of that was to be met from sponsor contribu- tions and the rest from what is raised this weekend.
'But we've already raised $18,950 from sponsorship with a number of businesses still to be approached.'
The major feature of the festi- val has always been the full cos- tume re-enactment of the landing by James Cook at 1770.
But this year music and laugh- ter have also been given a high priority.
'"The comedy festival, I'm afraid, has been booked out, but there is still plenty of music to go.
'I understand that most of the accommodation has been fully booked out and that is an indica- tion of the success of this event this year.'