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Tommy takes on the Taste

DELICIOUS Tasmanian delicacies were not the only treat that Taste of Tasmania festival goers received this year.

Spotted circling the streets of the 2018 event was Tommy Choo Choo, the Rotary Club of Lindisfarne’s easily recognisable and popular model train.

Club president Peter O’Hern said Tommy Choo Choo looked good after an extensive spruce up instigated by club director David Lowe, who carefully oversaw the process.

He said the Taste of Tasmania was a great opportunity to raise funds for the club, but there had to be sufficient volunteers to collect money, marshal passengers and drive the train.

“For a club with around 25 members, it is a big job to roster sufficient volunteers,” he said.

“Our train driver Peter Morgan did a superb job putting it all together.

“To manage this for a whole week over the summer holidays is a great credit to the members of our club and Peter.”

Over the seven days of the Taste of Tasmania, the Rotary Club of Lindisfarne made a profit of around $10,000 from Tommy Choo Choo – funds which will be used to maintain and run Tommy, as well as support projects that benefit the community.

Mr O’Hern said that while Tommy Choo Choo’s appearance at the Taste had been a great fundraiser for the club, it had also helped showcase Rotary to local and interstate visitors.

“Not only is Tommy Choo Choo a great ambassador for Rotary, but over the years he has put a smile on the faces of thousands of children,” he said.

Caption: Tommy Choo Choo driver Peter Morgan at the Taste of Tasmania.