Country tunes draw crowd to Marton

By Liz Wylie

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Ngarama Ngata, Hope Walker, Maureen Williams and Tauarai Wawatai had some stylish sun protection.
Ngarama Ngata, Hope Walker, Maureen Williams and Tauarai Wawatai had some stylish sun protection.

Country music fans enjoyed performances from a star-studded line-up of visiting artists, as well as some local favourites, in Marton at the weekend.

Wanganui Chronicle photographer Bevan Conley went along to capture the action at the 2016 Marton Country Music Festival and caught some of the performers and crowds enjoying the sounds and sunshine.

Jackson Austin, 10, singing with backing group Shotgun on Saturday.
Jackson Austin, 10, singing with backing group Shotgun on Saturday.

Waikato country entertainer Joy Adams presented a special award on behalf of the Star Buddy Trust to 10-year-old Rebecca Marsh of Marton.

Rebecca received a purple ukulele, cinema passes and her school, South Makirikiri, will receive funds to buy special equipment like musical instruments. The local St John will also receive a donation. Dad Andrew Marsh said Rebecca, who has cerebral palsy, is delighted with the prize and will get a lot of benefit from playing the ukulele. "The cerebral palsy mostly affects her right side, so it will be good for her to use her left hand for the fingering and strum away with her right."

Rebecca Marsh was the winner of the Star Buddy prize presented by country singer Joy Adams.
Rebecca Marsh was the winner of the Star Buddy prize presented by country singer Joy Adams.

The Star Buddy Charity raises funds for gifts for children with disabilities or illnesses to acknowledge what they deal with daily.

Dancers enjoyed some smooth moves at the festival on Saturday.
Dancers enjoyed some smooth moves at the festival on Saturday.


Gail Pompey enjoys cooling down with a watermelon and icecream treat at the festival.
Gail Pompey enjoys cooling down with a watermelon and icecream treat at the festival.


- Wanganui Chronicle

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