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Ralph Taylor and Mark Ritchie decided to celebrate Australia Day in a novel way, waving the flag from a paddling pool on the back of a ute on the corner of Tennyson Street and Carlyle Lane, Byron Bay

‘We had a friend who had just bought a Falcon ute and we decided to put a pool on the back of it,’ Ralph told Echonetdaily.

‘We were going to go to one of the car parks but we decided that might be pushing it.’

Ralph, who is pictured here with Mark and ‘new best friend’ Lorraine Saintclaire, who he met on the day, said he had no problem rounding up people to participate.

‘There ended up being about eight friends who joined us for a BBQ, a couple of them said we were turning the Carlyle Lane into “Boganville”. But it was just a fun thing to do.’

He said the deep expression of patriotism was very well received.

‘The cops drove past and council people drove past but nobody batted an eyelid,’ Ralph said.

‘Lots of people wandered past and took photos, or drove past very slowly.

Ralph hopes to turn the concept into a new Byron tradition.

‘We have to up the ante next year. We don’t know what to do yet but we’ve got our thinking caps on.’

 


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