P&O CRUISES TO NORFOLK ISLAND
Meanwhile shopfronts and streetscapes and roadsides had undergone facelifts all over the island, so Norfolk Island could put on its best face for our visitors. The excitement was really building up.
I had decided to hold a craft stall in the area adjacent to the Supermarket, which was set aside for community markets. We made an early start, as the first passengers were due to come ashore around 8.30 a.m.
Here are my friends Connie and Arthur, who set up their stall beside mine.
I had a range of goodies to sell. In fact, I had been sewing up a storm for a couple of weeks.
There was an initial disappointment, when the ship's tenders were having difficulty coming alongside the landing pontoon. There were some more modifications to the equipment. And Norfolk's men, who know every nuance of the sea and the swell and the surf offered to go aboard the lighters to guide the ship's drivers to the wharf safely.
It was not until lunchtime that the passengers began to come ashore.