Fraser Coast Protest Picnic organiser Mary Bird will join the nationwide 1950s-inspired picnics by hosting one at Mary Delicious with owner Dell Isdale, Taylah Thatcher and Lexi Isdale prepared to serve bottomless cuppas to picnic goers.
Fraser Coast Protest Picnic organiser Mary Bird will join the nationwide 1950s-inspired picnics by hosting one at Mary Delicious with owner Dell Isdale, Taylah Thatcher and Lexi Isdale prepared to serve bottomless cuppas to picnic goers. Boni Holmes

Protest picnic to bring back A Place to Call Home

THINGS are looking pretty sweet for Mary Delicious ahead of this weekend's protest picnic.

Mary Delicious owner Dell Isdale will join Fraser Coast protest picnic organiser Mary Bird in the nationwide 1950s-inspired picnics which will be held simultaneously on October 26.

The picnics are to protest the premature canning of the Seven Network's popular Aussie drama A Place to Call Home after it screened for only two-and-a-half seasons.

Ms Bird said after seeing so many mind-numbing shows on TV she became a fan of the series.

"It's extremely well done, everything is flawless from costumes, production, scenery, acting, just brilliant," she said.

"I know Channel 7 has invested a lot into sports but you have to have diversity."

The picnic organiser said she had read that Foxtel was taking over the series.

"People are still angry, still protesting and still going to write letters even after hearing Foxtel could take up the show.

"Not everyone can afford Foxtel and we didn't want to have the series go to pay TV."

Ms Bird said she had not given up the fight.

"There are plenty of rumours being leaked so I'm still going to be fighting - people have effect, people have rights and we have a voice."

Ms Bird said the focus of the picnic was not only to bring back a compelling home-grown drama which happened to be the most-watched Australian drama series of 2013, but the protests had a wider message of supporting the local industry.

Ms Isdale said there would be plenty of fun on the day, with old-fashioned games.

Free pedicab rides from Mary Delicious to Queens Park will be operating and there will also be cakes, Devonshire teas and finger sandwiches for those who wish to join the nationwide picnic campaign.

Mary Delicious will be open from 10am-3pm and the picnic will run from noon-3pm.

Details

  • Fraser Coast Protest Picnic will be held at Mary Delicious, 329 Kent St, from noon-3pm on Sunday, October 26.
  • There will be cakes, finger sandwiches and bottomless cuppas along with old fashioned games and fun.
  • Set in country New South Wales in the period following the Second World War, A Place To Call Home follows Sarah Adams (played by Marta Dusseldorp) as she returns to Australia to start a new life after spending more than 20 years abroad.


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