Norfolk Pine obstructs driveway for additions planned for the Palace Private Hotel

Got to go: The Norfolk Island pine tree outside the Palace Motel in Hay Street, 1963. Photos supplied by Port Macquarie Museum.

Got to go: The Norfolk Island pine tree outside the Palace Motel in Hay Street, 1963. Photos supplied by Port Macquarie Museum.

Crowning ceremony: John McDonald, Nita Scaysbrook, Carnival of the Pines Queen Margaret Stanley, and Sue Goodwin, 1963.

Crowning ceremony: John McDonald, Nita Scaysbrook, Carnival of the Pines Queen Margaret Stanley, and Sue Goodwin, 1963.

Regal float: Margaret Stanley on the Sports Candidate float, 1963.

Regal float: Margaret Stanley on the Sports Candidate float, 1963.

Carnival closed on bright spot

Several thousand people stood in the open air on Saturday evening for a few hours, waiting for the moment when Miss Margaret Stanley was crowned Queen of the 1963 Carnival of the Pines.

Margaret was radiantly happy as she was crowned.

She has won a holiday visit to Cooma and a beautiful suitcase packed with lots of lovely things a queen would like with her.

Margaret represented the sporting fraternity, and her committee raised 488 pounds 14 shillings towards the Baths Fund.

In a three-way contest, Miss Nita Scaysbrook was announced second placegetter with a total of 397 pounds 9 shillings and 6 pence raised by her committee, and Miss Sue Goodwin (representing Accommodation places) was third with 341 pounds 4 shillings.

The fundraising each year has gone towards the baths and an amount of 13,500 pounds has been provided through the Carnival of the Pines.

The usual keen interest attended Saturday night's crowning ceremony and the waterfront green was packed with people, all waiting to acclaim the new Queen.

The crowning ceremony was as glamorous as ever and Mrs Arthur Keena is deserving of hearty congratulations for the part she played in the organising of it and the stage scene.

It was altogether a bright and fitting conclusion to the annual carnival week.

When Miss Margaret Stanley was crowned Queen, the president of the Carnival of the Pines committee, Mr W. A. (Bill) Thomas was first to congratulate her and present her officially with the wonderful prizes she had won.

Mr. Thomas expressed appreciation to the three girls and to their committees for their contributions to the success of the carnival.

Removal of a tree

The Municipal Council at its works committee meeting on Tuesday agreed to the removal of a pine tree in Hay Street.

The applicants were S. A. and T. Cassimaty, and they told council the tree obstructed the driveway for additions they planned to make to the Palace Private Hotel.

Ald A. Midson told the meeting he was dead against giving approval to remove the pine tree.

He said he believed it could be avoided, and went on to point out the difficulties he had overcome at the Town Beach Motel in providing access and allowing trees to remain.

"These trees are part of our heritage", he said, "and each week or so we are killing one or more of them.

"The offer to plant other trees is all right, but it will be 40 or 50 years before they are anything."

Ald Adams said his sentiments were the same as Ald Midson.

However, he felt he should support the motion moved by Ald Cooper to grant approval for the removal of the tree as it was in the way of development.

Ald Crisp said: "As Ald Kenny pointed out on an inspection, it wasn't realised when the trees were planted where they are, how the town would develop".

Ald Kennedy seconded Ald Cooper's motion, with the proviso that two other trees be planted, and it was carried.

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