Stanhope paints its wagon

By James Arbuthnott

STANHOPE'S heritage wagon received a new paint job over the holidays, as three wise and hard-working men granted the Stanhope Lions Club a Christmas miracle.

After putting the word out in November 2019 — after 51 years of helping others in the community — local men Mick West, Tony Trist and Kelly Cheong decided the wagon, believed to have been built in 1901, could use a new coat of paint.

General repairs on its wooden bench seat were undertaken by Stanhope Men's Shed, and the local fire brigade took the time to hose and clean the wagon at the Lions Park before painting.

Stanhope Lions Club president Avis Weller said she was proud of her little town and its wagon.

“We're proud to say it's all finished now and the boys did it with no fuss at all over the holidays,” Ms Weller said.

“I'd like to give a big shout out to the Stanhope Men's Shed, the fire brigade and Leigh Hall from Paintright who came out to advise us on how to go about it all and what paints to use.

“The Stanhope Lions Club would like to thank you all for your support.”