Auspicious new start for town's hub

ARMED bushrangers on horseback gatecrashed Fredo's party on the weekend.

The skit was part of the fun when the community gathered to celebrate the re-opening of the shop, which was gutted by a fire in December 2012.

Not even the stop-and-start rain kept the crowd away, with a huge turnout packing Allowrie Street throughout the morning.

As well as the opening ceremony, the event also included produce stalls, cake stalls, entertainment and a photographic and art exhibition.

The Jamberoo Celebrates Photographic Competition proved a success, with about 80 photographers submitting some 150 photographs.

The two categories were Accomplished and Beginner.

The Accomplished division winner was Heather Argerakis, with Alesha Hughes runner-up.

Nic Van Ougstshoon was voted People's Choice Award winner in this category.

The Beginners' first prize went to Margaret Cook and second place to Fleur Harrison.

Natalie Fava was elected the People's Choice winner.

Organiser Linda Faires said more than 300 people voted for the People's Choice honours.

"It was an incredible success," she said.

"There was a great range of photographs, and a great overview of the valley and what it means to people."

Entries in the competition will be on display until this Sunday at Jamberoo Bowling Club.

The competition sponsor was the Kiama Independent.

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