60th Bingara Orange Picking

Despite restrictions with the Covid-19 pandemic Bingara Orange Picking will go ahead with a different look to comply with social distancing requirements.

The Bingara RSL sub-branch will still hold a ceremony in Memorial Park, next to the RSL from 11am on Friday 3rd July.  The Last Post will be played over speakers to reverberate throughout the township and it is hoped that students will line the streets, observing social distancing measures, while the ceremony takes place.

Following the traditional service children from Bingara Central School will pick the fruit in smaller class groups this year, the 60th anniversary of the tradition.

This is a much loved Bingara tradition which pays respect to the town’s fallen soldiers and celebrates our freedom.

Previous years

The orange trees lining Finch Street and circling the Gwydir oval are a unique feature of Bingara.  Planted as a living memorial to Bingara’s fallen in World Wars I and II, the trees and the annual harvesting of the fruit by the local school children (the orange police) happens on only one day of the year.

On the appointed day, a ceremony outside the Returned Services Club marks the beginning of the harvest.

oranges_everywhere_thumbThe children and wider community listen to an address given by an invited speaker, then join Rick Hutton in his rendition of “Oranges Everywhere”, a song written by him to commemorate the occasion. Once completed, the picking begins.
[Click the icon opposite to hear Rick & Pat Drummond’s rendition at The Roxy.]

Below is footage that was streamed LIVE on Facebook by Costa Georgiadis when he attended the event in 2016.