Perry Corbet, Michael Bourke, Haden Taylor, Daryl Graham, Michael Granger and John Shearer at the Mayoral Prayer Breakfast yesterday.
Perry Corbet, Michael Bourke, Haden Taylor, Daryl Graham, Michael Granger and John Shearer at the Mayoral Prayer Breakfast yesterday. LEEROY TODD

Hundreds turn out for Gympie's 11th prayer breakfast

RUGBY union legend and former Wallaby Nick Farr-Jones AM enthralled the many hundreds of people who attended the 11th Mayoral Prayer Breakfast at The Pavilion this morning.

WELL DONE: Gympie State High School volunteers served everybody breakfast and then cleaned up afterwards.
WELL DONE: Gympie State High School volunteers served everybody breakfast and then cleaned up afterwards. LEEROY TODD

Autumn put on a refreshing blanket of early morning fog for the occasion and the organising committee put on a delicious breakfast, outstanding musical entertainment and guest speaker in Mr Farr-Jones, who took the crowd through his rugby career and his "walk with God”.

Dr Gail Davidson, Major Clair Smith and Beryl Brown.
Dr Gail Davidson, Major Clair Smith and Beryl Brown. LEEROY TODD

The morning included a special prayer for rain - though not flooding rain - for the region and the rest of the state which is feeling the drought. It also included an announcement of "pray for rain” events in Memorial Park next Wednesday morning and evening.

Joan Groundwater, Marion Manthey and Jan Davies.
Joan Groundwater, Marion Manthey and Jan Davies. LEEROY TODD

Former Chamber of Commerce president and political campaign manager Ben Ellingsen was master of ceremonies, and Gympie Music School of Excellence students Natalya and Kiarnah Lee led the crowd in singing the national anthem.

Mikaela Calvert and Lucy English.
Mikaela Calvert and Lucy English. LEEROY TODD

Reverend Andrew Cooper from the Anglican Church said the opening prayer and Grace before Mayor Mick Curran formally welcomed everyone.

BACK, FROM LEFT: Tess Stuart, Carol Coleman, Ashley Coleman, Ian Stewart and (front) Del Logan and Don Logan.
BACK, FROM LEFT: Tess Stuart, Carol Coleman, Ashley Coleman, Ian Stewart and (front) Del Logan and Don Logan. LEEROY TODD

Spine tingling musical interludes were provided by 20% of the former Ten Tenors, Andrew Pryor and David Kidd, Mr Kidd pointing out that although he was not one of the "Gympie Kidds” he had enjoyed travelling over "his” bridge to get to The Pavilion.

Jim and Janice O'Pray and Jennifer King.
Jim and Janice O'Pray and Jennifer King. LEEROY TODD

A series of prayers were read out by Gympie High School principal Anthony Lanskey, Gympie police representative Evan McDonald, and Jellina White.

It is anticipated that the 2018 Mayoral Prayer Breakfast will be held next February or March.

Details will be posted on gympie.qld.gov.au later this year.

Linda and Mark Tunstall.
Linda and Mark Tunstall. LEEROY TODD
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