GARETH Colliton believes certain Christmas traditions are worth keeping.
As one of the event organisers of this year’s FJ’s Garden Party and Christmas Market event on Sunday, the gallery owner said community mindedness was worth celebrating annually.
“Fletcher Jones was such a community-minded employer and we’d like to continue to support his legacy by continuing the annual party in the factory gardens,” he said.
“The event is a celebration of the Fletcher Jones culture, his inspiration and the effect he had on the community.”
Held in the iconic Pleasant Hill gardens, the event will include food, stalls, live music, children’s activities, and exhibitions from 9am to 2pm.
Mr Colliton said this year’s party would once again impress all family members.
“Each year we have a slightly different flavour,” he said. “We’d like to think we have something for everyone.”
This year the F Project team have organised a Pleasant Hill ‘paint-off’ with artists invited to paint or draw their interpretation of the Fletcher Jones complex.
The winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000 donated by the Fletcher Jones Foundation.
“It could be the garden or the factory, the man, whatever they chose,” he said.
“The winner will be the one deemed the most interesting interpretation.”
Mr Colliton said despite a last minute illness cancelling the Christmas Cockies, Tubby the Robot has gratefully accepted an invitation to impress the crowds with live entertainment.
“There will also be a secret special band guest appearance,” Mr Colliton said. “I think people will be impressed.”