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In excess of 5,000 people attended yesterday’s street parade to welcome the Queensland State of Origin team to the Whitsunday Region.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said event organisers Whitsunday Proserpine Junior Rugby League Club and Whitsunday Brahmans Rugby League Club should be congratulated for organising this event.
“There was a sea of maroon, as the Queensland State of Origin team made their way down Main Street, Proserpine as part of the Fan Day street parade,” Mayor Whitney said.
“I think the players and officials were surprised with the number of people that lined the street to show their support for the maroons.
“The local community should be congratulated for their support and enthusiasm with everyone working together to ensure that yesterday’s Fan Day was a success.
“A number of local businesses offered support, with some getting into the spirit of the event by decorating their shop fronts.
“This was a once in a life time event for this region, it was great to see so many people enjoying the day and being able to get up close and personal with the Queensland team.”
Following the street parade, approximately 300 guests enjoyed lunch at the Proserpine Entertainment Centre while listening to the coach, Mal Meninga, and players talk about the impending State of Origin decider.
After lunch, a Junior Development Clinic was held at Les Stagg Oval with a field full of junior players and the grandstands crowded with onlookers.
To cap off the day, the team did a final autograph session in the clubhouse at Les Stagg Oval.
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