Keen fan keeps up 25-year tradition

It all started 25 years ago.

And Launceston's Sue Delanty has been there for every year of Festivale.

The City Park event has become a tradition for Mrs Delanty and her nearest and dearest.

Last night  she was surrounded by family and friends from Launceston and as far away as New South Wales and Queensland.

``It's the entertainment, the atmosphere and the food and drink that keep  me coming back,'' Mrs Delanty said.

``I remember when the first Festivale was held, it was a big deal for Launceston.

``My husband and I had organised a babysitter for the children . . .  now they're here with us.

``My most memorable Festivales have been the ones with famous impersonators or covers; the Robbie Williams, the Beatles, the Kylie Minogue.

``I prefer it set in the park as  opposed to in the street because it makes the atmosphere more intimate.

``However, it was fantastic when it was in the streets and the bands would play from the balcony of Hotel Tasmania.''

A seasoned professional of Festivale, Mrs Delanty and friends have an unspoken agreement when it comes to the event - ``We always sit under the same tree - we don't need to arrange to meet anywhere, they all just know this is where we are.''

You can find them there on a Friday night - ``It's best to go on a Friday night in case it rains the rest of the weekend'' - and then nine out of 10 times  they'll be back for seconds on Saturday.

Denise Watson of Nowra, NSW, Jodie Delanty, of Brisbane, Wendy Smith, of the Gold Coast, Sue Delanty, of Launceston, and Vicki Cameron, of Brisbane, enjoy last night's Festivale.  Pictures: GEOFF ROBSON

Denise Watson of Nowra, NSW, Jodie Delanty, of Brisbane, Wendy Smith, of the Gold Coast, Sue Delanty, of Launceston, and Vicki Cameron, of Brisbane, enjoy last night's Festivale. Pictures: GEOFF ROBSON