Gowns mark rebuilt blown-down church

By REN LANZONrlanzon@gladstoneobserver.com.au

AN act of God brought it down and parishioners built it up again ? but what have bridal gowns got to do with it?

St Saviour's Anglican Church is this year celebrating 50 years since the church was rebuilt in brick after the wooden structure standing on the same site was blown down in the 1949 cyclone that devastated much of Gladstone.

Among the year's celebration program is a display of wedding gowns, ranging from the time the church was rebuilt 50 years ago, partly through community funding to be staged on Saturday from 2pm.

Spokeswoman for the jubilee celebrations, Fay Owens, said a number of women who were brides in the church during those 50 years made their gowns available for modelling by the students of Kathy Corones' modelling school.

Mrs Corones is also compere for the event.

Bridal and entertainment music will be provided by the adult choir inCanto and the Gladstone City Youth Choir, both directed by Wendy Lanzon and accompanied by Wendy Wootton. Dancing will be by Rampton's Danzenergy

The "reception'' (morning tea) will be in the church hall. Tickets cost $10 and are available from the parish office. The proceeds will build a toilet in the hall for people with disabilities.



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