Thames Museum’s display "Crossing the Waihou" is still on and is proving popular. The display features Ted Egan's fully working model of the Historic Kōpū Bridge swing span, along with photos, newspaper excerpts and a representation of the Hauraki Plains farmland which emphasises the role the bridge played in connecting Thames to the Plains and beyond. Another feature is the menu from the banquet that celebrated the bridge's opening on 11th May 1928. There is one surprising dish that we might not be so keen on today. I would love to hear from anyone who has ever eaten it.
Thames Museum, Corner Pollen and Cochrane Streets is open Friday to Wednesday, 10am to 3pm. Admission adult $5, child $2, family of 2 adults and school age children $10.
What a day it'll be - 25 years of Thames Market (well, not on the real day when Peter and Dianne McKinnon had the first Thames Market early September postponed because of the that vicious virus but close enough). The first time in the market's history the road will be closed for us between Pahau and Cochrane Streets - courtesy of Thames Coromandel District Council (thank you, thank you, thank you!). We'll have a huge range of stalls (almost 100, many of them on the street), street performers (Team Waihi and Signor Buffo), buskers, new stalls, well known regular stalls (some with specials), good weather (non negotiable) and slideshows! Thames Cinema's Dave Ritchie has kindly offered the entrance to his premises for the location of a large TV screen (courtesy Netherton School - thank you to Martin Rodley for organising it) to run a slideshow with photos from 25 years of the market. Lotus Realm, ever so supportive of T/M, will continue the same slideshow on a TV in their small shop window between the doors for a little while. And to top it off - we'll be going until 1pm. Come and enjoy the fun (we promise not to use any brackets in our next post).
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Calling all walkers, joggers, pedal power and electric cyclists, keen photographers, bird watchers and lovers of Thames Heritage! Historic Kōpū Bridge Society invites you to come out to Kōpū over Labour weekend and enjoy our 92-year-old swing span bridge – the only one of its kind in New Zealand and a category 1 historic place. The bridge’s gates will be open from 7am to 6pm on Saturday 24th, Sunday 25th and Monday 26th - many thanks to the volunteers who have filled the roster to make this happen. The bridge is wheelchair and mobility scooter accessible from both ends.