Christina Shaw, 9, of Longford, and Sophie Broadhurst, 12, of Nunamara, try out their kayak. Picture: PETER SANDERSTHERE was unlikely to be any disruption to Bridport’s family-friendly atmosphere as holiday makers and residents celebrated the new year, Dorset Mayor Barry Jarvis said.
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Cr Jarvis was reflecting on the antisocial behaviour of a few revellers who made a mess in the coastal town before Christmas Eve.

“We’ve hired a private security firm to be involved in the caravan park from New Year’s Eve for the past two years and that tends to take the rabble out of the area,” he said.

“There are a lot of families at the caravan park and we want them to be able to enjoy their evening without the hoon element, and the private security in conjunction with the police have been able to do that in recent years.

“Also, when the security are around, people tend to behave better anyway.”

But thoughts of potential problems and security guards were far from the thoughts of the hundreds of sun-loving Tasmanians who yesterday spread themselves along Bridport’s sandy beaches.

Sand castle building, kayaking, boogie boarding, jet skiing, swimming and lying on the beach were popular pastimes as the sun shone down and Bridport’s temperature hovered above 20 degrees for much of the day.

The Launceston Triathlon Club will on January 2 host the annual Bridport Triathlon.

The race starts at 8am and motorists are asked to adhere to directions of race marshalls.

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