Australia Day began with a plea for Aussie “generosity” by the Anglican Bishop of Bathurst Diocese, Ian Palmer, and culminated with two young sisters and Canowindra’s much-loved ex-cabbie and fruiterer Con Guihot taking out top awards in Sunday’s ceremonies in Morris Park.
It was definitely Con’s big day – named as Canowindra’s Citizen of the Year by Cabonne Mayor Ian Gosper, presiding over the awards ceremony with Judy Nunn and Bruce Venables, the ex-TV actors and successful literary duo.
Beck Thornberry was named Youth Ambassador and her sister Taniel the Young Citizen of the Year. The Canowindra Balloon Challenge Committee and Canowindra Fitness Group carried off the Community Groups of the Year titles.
In his address to the Australia Day service, Bishop Palmer cited Australia’s “enormous wealth” as a crucial blessing to be considered at this time.
“But it is only one reason why we can be generous to others,” he said.
Image: Con Guihot cuts Australia Day cake with Judy Nunn