Nannies race towards the finish line in the controversial 2007 Great Nanny Celebrity Race.
Nannies race towards the finish line in the controversial 2007 Great Nanny Celebrity Race.

We Were There: Mary's first festival

MARYBOROUGH knows how to spend a weekend in the most delightful way, packed full of supercalifragilisticexpialidocious fun - something they have proved time and again since the first Mary Poppins festival in 2007.

The Chronicle's then-editor Nancy Bates had led a campaign to get the Mary Poppins statue built, so like most of the heritage city, the Chronicle staff were overjoyed when the festival swept the town in September eight years ago.

Our photographers captured the controversial end to the first celebrity Great Mary Poppins Nanny Challenge which saw Woocoo mayor Gloria Banting disqualified after she was caught running.

Maryborough mayor Barb Hovard was happy to take the honours.

The nanny race captured the hearts of the Chronicle staff over the years, and brought out the paper's competitive spirit.

Previous Chronicle winners include former editor Peter Chapman and former sports editor Richard Harvey.

Current editor Clementine Norton proudly tells everyone about her win and has already issued the challenge to next year's competitors.

"The festival capitalises Maryborough's beautiful scenery, but also its community spirit," Ms Norton said.

"It's an event any city would be proud to host."

We Were There is a series that revisits the Chronicle's in-depth coverage of the major events that have shaped the Fraser Coast over the past 20 years.