Youth gather for celebration

BEST friends Ebony Black, Kristen Riley and Sofia Bailey took advantage of a free National Youth Week event held at the Tailrace Centre at Riverside last night.

The three 13-year-olds lined up for airbrush tattoos from Fancy Faces owner Lisa Bowman.

``They're for friendship,'' Ebony explained.

``We're all having fun.''

Youth Fest was organised by the West Tamar Youth Advisory Council as part of annual Youth Week celebrations.

Youth council member Mikayla Reeve said it was the second year she had helped organise a celebration of youth.

She spent the evening selling mixed lollies, packets of chips and cans of soft drink.

``It's a chance for youth to get together and have fun,'' the 15-year-old explained.

``It's good for youth to know they're important and know the community cares.''

House of Bounce, balloon animals and entertainment from Launceston College set the tone for a fun evening which was attended by 12 to 18-year-olds from throughout the region.

West Tamar Council youth development officer Stewart Bell said he was pleased with the turnout.

``We're having fun celebrating the talents and achievements of young people and enabling them to have a voice in the community,'' he said.

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