Rosslyn Curtis and Beryl Fleischfresser get a tour of the St. Stephens Uniting Church by Roger Bowden.
Rosslyn Curtis and Beryl Fleischfresser get a tour of the St. Stephens Uniting Church by Roger Bowden. Karleila Thomsen

Church's show-stopper

A FASHION parade with a difference stopped traffic in Maryborough on Saturday afternoon.

A parade of vintage wedding dresses attracted hundreds of onlookers as part of the celebrations for the 130th anniversary for the Uniting Church.

Reverend Graham Slaughter said at one point a little traffic jam occurred as dresses from weddings from the church were shown off down the catwalk which had been set up especially for the event.

A number of other memorabilia items were also available for viewing by the public, Rev Slaughter said.

"It was a great day," he told the Chronicle.

The parade was one of a number of public events throughout the year, celebrating the anniversary, with the final commemoration taking place this coming weekend.

A church service will be held to mark the official 130-year anniversary.

Rev Slaughter said many past ministers and figures from the church's lengthy history would be attending the service this weekend.

This was important, Rev Slaughter said, as although the church building was turning 130, the church itself was found inside the people who form it, and this year's festivities were more to celebrate those people who had made the church what it was for 130 years.

The church's pipe organ was also turning 120 years old this year, he said.



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