The Red Cliffs Centenary has this week been confirmed to go ahead from October 29 to November 1 after delays due to the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent lockdowns.

The organisers of the celebrations met on Monday to confirm the dates and a public meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 22 at the Red Cliffs Club to update the community about the events and to organise any volunteers.

The Centenary celebrations will include COVID-safe measures like QR-code check-ins but will go ahead as planned with COVID requirements only impacting a community dance in the Civic Centre, seeing it held in Barclay Square instead.

Centenary organiser, Karen Willcock said that while the celebrations now have the go-ahead, the organisers and public need to stay alert.

“Things can change and we know that, just like with the previous lockdown in March,” she said.

“We’ve got a COVID safety officer who we will take advice from if there is another hurdle in that regard, and we’ll be able to then determine which events we’re allowed to run.
“At the moment though we’re just really excited that we’re now able to organise and go ahead with something which is so positive for the community.”

The celebrations will at this stage include events like billy cart racing, a street parade, a production involving entertainment and film of old Red Cliffs, a comprehensive Sunday market, games for kids, and even tours through schools for old students.

Karen said the Red Cliffs and wider community will love getting together and will thoroughly enjoy the events.

“Everybody is ready to come together and celebrate, and that’s what it’s all about – bringing the community together,” she said.

“I’m absolutely thrilled by the number of people who have been volunteering already to help out, they really want to be part of it and I think a lot of that is because we’ve been through so much and so curtailed throughout the last year.”

If you would like to get involved or learn more and cannot make the public meeting on June 22, visit https://www.facebook.com/redcliffscentenary and get in touch with the organising team.