Boulevard Day might have a long, proud history as Ashburton’s spring retail festival, but this year it’s facing a challenger.
Bob McDonald and Sue Cooper have run the Ashburton retailers’ event for a number of years and as they have done every year, applied to the Ashburton District Council for a temporary closure of East Street for September 23.
Previously the application had been ticked off and the go-ahead given; this year it will be anything but plain sailing with a new event, East Street Bazaar, planned by Carol Johns, also chasing street space on the same . . .