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12 April, 2022

A Night Under the Gums success!

Over 1200 people turned up for A Night Under the Gums on Saturday, despite the rain threatening to drench patrons.

By Emily Middleton

The rain stopped just on the cusp of the start time, and people from all over NSW began arriving for the event on the banks of the Castlereagh River.

The trees were lit up with lasers and lights, brought to town by the designer who provides Sydney harbour with their spectacular VIVID light display.

“We did Gil [Gums] last year, and at the Winter Wonderland a few-years-ago, when Target closed,” said 32 Hundred Lighting company owner and lighting designer Iain Reed.

“We were out here for drought, then the mice, and now the rain!” Mr Reed was accompanied by technicians Jessica and Eddie all the way from Sydney.

“We love it out here, such nice smiley people,” said Mr Reed. A Night Under the Gums hosted several musicians from around the region, including Bathurst local Mickey Pye.

The crowd thoroughly enjoyed his originals and covers, as seen by the amount of dancing from young and old at front of stage. Mr Pye was accompanied by two of his very own music students. 21-year-old Tameka Kennedy was one of them, who blew the crowd away with her vocals.

“In 2017 I met Mickey at a festival in our hometown Bathurst, so I hit him up for some lessons. I did that for a year, and in 2018 he hired me as a teacher,” said Miss Kennedy.

Playing at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, the stage isn’t unfamiliar to her.

“It’s also familiar because we actually built this stage this morning,” said Miss Kennedy.

“It’s Mickey’s stage so, we helped set it up. It’s been nice being in Gilgandra, I’ve never played here before.”

A generous $590 was raised for the flood appeal on the night by Roy Duncan and other men’s shed volunteers. Donations are still being accepted online as well, through the Bendigo Bank fund, and a final amount will be announced next week.

A short survey was completed by patrons after the event, where over 70 per cent said they spent over $50, and around 37 per cent spent over $100. Vendors and patrons alike enjoyed the night out, and are looking forward to next year’s event.

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