All aboard for special events
BIG events at the weekend had Ipswich residents, sports fans and shoppers thumbing their noses the rain.
With former rugby league stars Nathan Hindmarsh and Matt King helping them train, 80 enthusiastic children met at Redbank Plains to learn rugby skills in a clinic hosted by Lend Lease.
Hindmarsh, the former Eels captain, and Rabbitohs player King led the kids through four different skill stations after hosting a Q and A.
Lend Lease regional development manager Gary Searle said parents and children were happy to take on the miserable conditions to learn new footy skills.
"They were doing tackling practice in the wet," he said.
Elsewhere, at the weekend, Ipswich's Handmade Expo celebrated its sixth anniversary with a beefed-up edition of its monthly markets.
The markets celebrate everything handmade and is held at Ipswich Turf Club.
The Ipswich Antiques and Collectables Fair also brought out the collectors on Saturday.
Held three times a year, the fair regularly features toys, antique china, furniture, coins and books.