Navy Band in high demand before IFR

Published on LEUT Daryl Peebles (author and photographer)

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Topic(s): Royal Australian Navy Band, International Fleet Review

The Tasmanian Contingent of the Royal Australian Navy Band entertains the crowd at Kingston’s Oliebollen Festival. (photo: LEUT Daryl Peebles)
The Tasmanian Contingent of the Royal Australian Navy Band entertains the crowd at Kingston’s Oliebollen Festival.

As well as performing in a concert and its participation in a street parade, both to help celebrate Tall Ships Hobart as a lead-up to the IFR, the Tasmanian contingent of the Royal Australian Navy Band also fitted in a performance at the annual Oliebollen Festival at Kingston.

Kingston, one of the southern ‘channel’ suburbs of Hobart, attracted a large number of Dutch immigrants in the years after WWII and the Dutch heritage is very apparent to this day.

The Oliebollen Festival has been part of the district’s calendar for over 50 years and is strongly supported by locals and visitors alike. It is now organised by the local Calvin Christian School as its major annual fundraiser.

An estimated 7000 people attended the festival and enjoyed much more than the delicious oliebollen – a traditional Dutch donut with raisins or currants and a sprinkling of icing sugar.

Amongst the many other exhibitions and attractions, the Navy Band was, as always, a great crowd pleaser.

Mr Iain Belot, the Principal of Calvin Christian School, said it was wonderful to have the Navy Band attend and play at the Oliebollen Festival.

“They certainly added a great sense of life and vitality to the carnival atmosphere,” Mr Belot said.

“I received many positive comments about their fantastic performance.

“We look forward to having the Navy Band involved for many years to come at Calvin Christian School.”