When 11-year-old Joel Stanaway first auditioned for the part of the 1940s paperboy as part of Bayfair Shopping Centre’s Anzac Day commemorative display organisers knew he was the one for the job.
The Katikati College student adorned in a tweed coat and cheesecutter graced the corridors of the shopping centre today handing out the special edition Anzac paper produced by Bayfair and Sun Media Ltd.
Paperboy Joel Stanaway hands out the commemorative newspaper at Bayfair Shopping Centre.
“He was absolutely fantastic, from when he first tried on the costume he really got into it, and we knew he was the one for the part,” says Bayfair marketing manager and display organiser Nina Rivett.
Nina began putting the project together back in January and says it has all been made worth it with the response from shoppers at the centre today.
“I’m absolutely thrilled with the number of people taking the time to read the information and comment about the display.
“This is a chance to remember and give thanks to the people and the things that they have endured.”
People admire the panels telling stories of service men and women.
The display at the shopping complex on Girven Road features a hanging flag adorned with handwritten messages from the public, school children and retailers.
Glass covered standing panels tell wartime stories while tributes to all those who perished in World War One and Two are shown in the form of poppy petals displayed next to a military uniform.
Partner Classic Flyers also provided a Jeep and wartime memorabilia including an army uniform.
The centre unveiled the project when it opened its doors at 1pm.