Miracle or coincidence at Coalfest church service?
EXACTLY 150 people have borne witness to a minor miracle, or a strange coincidence, depending on who you ask, at the weekend's Coalfest celebrating 150 years since coal was discovered in the Burrum district.
There they were, gathered in the warmth of the Burrum District Community Centre for a combined church service - ready to give thanks for the discovery of coal 150 years ago.
The group represented churches from the surrounding areas and also less regular churchgoers, some with family connections or ties to the area and its mineral-rich history.
The minor miracle, or strange coincidence, arrived like a lightning bolt as organisers finished a routine head count to gauge attendance figures.
There they were, expecting 50-80 people, and the count revealed precisely 150 people had come to the church service to give thanks for 150 years since the discovery of coal in the Burrum district.
St Patrick Catholic Church parish pastoral council's Faye Wilkes-Johnson, who was at the service, said the reaction from the crowd when the attendance figure was announced answered any questions.
"Brian Hoole was the one who did the head count and he announced it," Ms Wilkes-Johnson said.
"The reaction was a case of 'praise the Lord' - that was more or less what everyone was saying."
Coalfest celebrations also included a parade in Howard on Saturday and a miners reunion in Torbanlea on Sunday.
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