Saturday forum

WON: This year’s Sydney to Hobart yacht race by super-maxi Wild Oats XI, which took line honours for the third consecutive time, becoming only the second yacht in race history to do so. VICTORY: To Matthew Goss in the $20,000 Launceston Cycling Classic.
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SPENDING SPREE: By thousands of Northern Tasmanians, who spent more than $20 million in the week leading up to Christmas.

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Baha’i service

The Baha’i Faith holds a devotional meeting every third Sunday of the month at 6 Main Rd, Exeter, at 10am. Phone 63943414.
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Spend spree going strong

THE post-Christmas spending continued in Launceston yesterday as shoppers rushed back to take advantage of the holiday bargains.
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Retailers were still recording good sales yesterday, with some saying sales on the days after Boxing Day were stronger than last year. The comments came after the Australian Retailers Association predicted that Australians would spend more than $6.2 billion between Boxing Day and mid-January.

Although exact figures will not be released until February, ARA estimates that Australian shoppers will spend $2.3 billion on household and entertainment items and $938 million on clothes and footwear.

A staff member at Habitat in Launceston said the store had been extremely busy over the past few days with boxed glassware and cookware topping the best-selling list.

At Harris Scarfe, it was manchester which was followed closely by kitchen accessories and appliances.

“On Boxing Day traditionally it is our home and manchester departments that we have stronger sales out of,” Tasmanian regional manager Steve Williams said.

“But the next area people went in and bought was bras and briefs – so the ladies bought something for the house and then something for themselves.”

Mr Williams also said sales on December 27 scored a greater percentage in comparison to the sales last year, believing some shoppers checked out the bargains before returning the next day to buy items.

“We don’t mind that they are taking their time to think about purchasing as long as they keep coming back,” he said.

Kmart manager Scott Mills said the clothing department had recorded high sales over the past few days and there were also strong sales in outdoor equipment, barbecues and camping gear.

But ARA executive director Richard Evans warned that the lure of savings could trick some into a debt trap.

“The Boxing Day sales are great but if you buy something you don’t need, you haven’t saved anything at all,” he said.

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Legacy golf

The Legacy golf day will be held at the St Helens Golf Club on Saturday, January 5, not January 15 as advised in Break O’Day Council’s newsletter. The day tees off at 7.30am. For more information contact 63763567.
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Cancer support

The Lighthouse East Tamar Cancer Support Group will meet on the last Wednesday of the month at the George Town ambulance station, Anne St. Call Pat Webb on 63821627 or Jan Eyles on 63821276.
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Train rides

The original Sheffield Railway Station will operate a special summer service until Friday, January 11. The steam train will run every half-hour between 11am-4pm daily. Cost is $5 for adults and $2 for children aged 5-16 years accompanied by an adult.
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Legacy golf: The Legacy golf day will be held at the St Helens Golf Club on Saturday, January 5, not January 15 as advised in Break O’Day Council’s newsletter. The day tees off at 7.30am. For more information contact 63763567.

Yacht race: The inaugural Clive Peeters Launceston to Hobart yacht race leaves from Low Head today. Up to 30 boats are expected to compete in the 280 nautical mile race, which is a joint initiative of the Derwent Sailing Squadron and the Tamar Yacht Club. The finish line is at Castray Esplanade in Hobart. For more information visit www.l2h南京夜网.au.

TasPorts Cup: The TasPorts Cup inshore yacht race will take place on the Tamar River, tomorrow, at 1pm, featuring Rudder Cup entrants and local competitors.

Cycling: Some of the world’s best sprint cyclists will ride today at the Launceston Silverdome and a match-race format has been arranged for them. The cyclists will be required to ride a qualifying time, with the top 12 riders going through to the round heats. Qualifying points for the Olympic Games will be on offer.

Road races: The Tasmanian Motorcycle Club road races will be held at Symmons Plains on Sunday from 10am- 4pm. More than 30 club members will compete. Entry is free to spectators.

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