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Heritage event to mark opening of Shopping Village Redevelopment

It will be a case of turning back the clock to welcome in the new when the Lansdowne Shopping Village redevelopment project at First Street is officially opened on Saturday 15 October.

Organisers are encouraging people to dress-up in period costume reminiscent of the mid to late 1800’s when Masterton was founded.

Mayor Lyn Patterson, who will be officially opening the village, will be arriving by horse drawn carriage.

The heritage-themed event is open to the public and will feature activities for all age groups from raffles, sausage sizzles, children’s egg and spoon races, floating apples, face painting, lolly scrambles and various competitions. There is also a prize for the best costume on the day.

An historical display of early Lansdowne, a performance by pupils from nearby Lakeview School, a jazz band and ceremonial release of balloons will add to the atmosphere.

The Lansdowne Shopping Village redevelopment project aims to breathe new life into Masterton’s northernmost shopping precinct.

The work includes a green space, street furniture, paved footpaths and improved parking. In addition, power cabling has been taken underground.

The project has been a community collaboration between Masterton District Council, Connecting Communities Wairarapa and Lansdowne residents and retailers.

“This development is unique in that the redevelopment has, since inception, been led by the local community and the Lansdowne Neighbourhood Plan Working Party,” says Mayor Lyn Patterson.

“Council has listened to their requests and worked with the working party to bring this redevelopment to fruition. The result is a delightful shopping precinct reminiscent in some ways to an English shopping village.”

The opening event will start at 12.30pm on Saturday 15 October and all members of the public are invited.

26 September 2016

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