Cook's landing a hit at festival

Captain Cook 1770 Festival
Captain Cook 1770 Festival

CAPTAIN Cook made his landing in Seventeen Seventy all over again on Saturday – although to a slightly different reception.

Celebrating its 19th year, the Captain Cook 1770 Festival was held over the weekend at the traditional festival site on the coast of Seventeen Seventy.

The day kicked off with the yearly parade, this year themed “sea legends”, and saw a variety of creatures from the deep spend their day on land.

The event was officially opened at 10.15am with a traditional welcome dance called the Garinumnar Dance, performed by the Bundaberg region troupe the Gooreng Gooreng dancers.

The performers also went on to delight the crowd with several other indigenous dances, such as the Kangaroo Dance and the Dance of the Witjuti Grub.

Then it was time for the most important event of all – the re-enactment of Captain Cook's landing.

Performed with great enthusiasm by the Discovery Coast Theatre Group, actors were taken out to sea in a rowboat before being brought to shore again to what they described as “a very strange land indeed”.

The procession of captains and convicts alike made their way to the stage, where they re-enacted the first sighting of the famous bustard bird.

The bird was comically portrayed by a cheeky young performer and children in the crowd were dismayed when an officer took a shot at the bird for his dinner.

“We will eat well tonight,” he said.

Live entertainment continued throughout the day, with performances by the Boys From Tannum and their band, Strictly Ballroom.

Event organiser Cheryl Wickes was thrilled with the turnout.

“It's such a fun day,” she said.

It definitely wasn't the same ragged coastline Captain Cook landed upon all those years ago – but it certainly was a wonderful way to celebrate it.

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