CHRISTMAS BASH: Bradley Jones, 11, and Jack Hoffman, 10, battle it out with fighting sticks at the Boyne Smelters Ltd Social Club Christmas Party.
CHRISTMAS BASH: Bradley Jones, 11, and Jack Hoffman, 10, battle it out with fighting sticks at the Boyne Smelters Ltd Social Club Christmas Party. Mike Richards GLABOYN

Boyne Smelters families get into festive spirit

SANTA has been making his way across town for a number of events, including a gathering of families who work at the Boyne Island smelter.

More than 1000 Boyne Smelters Ltd workers and their families gathered at the pool on Saturday to celebrate Christmas.

Despite the earlier cloudy weather the annual Christmas party was packed with everyone enjoying the festivities.

Boyne social club committee member Jolene Stevens said the turnout was just as good as, if not better than, last year's.

"We had 947 people come through and this was all before 11am," she said.

"We've put on the lot today for the families including rides, rock climbing, a photo booth and the boys brigade provided the food."

An inflatable obstacle course on the pool provided both the kids and the brave parents with entertainment and a place to cool off.

Lee Maheno and her son Wil said they had been waiting weeks for the day and it delivered.

"My husband works at the smelter and works really hard so it's great to see they put this on, to show them all the hard work pays off," she said.

"We got in nice and early at 9am to enjoy just a good quality family fun day.

"It's been really beautiful down here, the sun's out and a great breeze has made the kids and us parents happy."

For those who opted to stay above the water, rock-climbing, laughing clowns and a tsunami giant wave-surfer slide were popular choices.

No attraction was more popular though than Santa, who made his arrival at 1.30pm, handing out lollies to hundreds of adoring kids.

Ms Stevens said that in conjunction with Santa the social club had hundreds of wrapped gifts to give out on the day.

"We organised this a while back and basically all the workers wrote down the ages and sex of their kids and we have then delivered a magical array of Christmas goodies for them on arrival today," she said.



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