Operation Minefield Invades Waihi!

The Go Waihi Operation Minefield Military Display and Motorcade brought people flocking into Waihi to view and learn about the New Zealand Military Vehicle Collectors Club's vehicles on Saturday.

Apart from the military manoeuvres at the bottom of Martha Mine and the flypast not happening due to weather conditions everything ran smoothly.

Local Susie Macdonald provided background music with war time tunes and everyone from babies to 90+ year olds enjoyed seeing the spectacle of the convoy of vehicles driving down into Martha Mine.

Spectators lined Seddon Street, the Pumphouse and the Martha Pit Rim to view the convoy as it travelled through the CBD and down into the mine.

Descendants of tunnellers with a Waihi connection that worked in Europe during WW1 were offered the opportunity to climb aboard vehicles for the parade. Waihi Heritage Vision placed tunnellers insignias and names onto each vehicle before the convoy began.

Gold FM's Brian Gentil took a pictorial album of the event.

View it at the Gold FM flickr site here.

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