Mem­ory lane

Gayn­dah has changed a lot in 14 years, says Ker­rie

Central and North Burnett Times - - AROUND TOWN - Bran­don Livesay bran­don.livesay@cnbtimes.com.au

A LOT changes in 14 years.

The last time Ker­rie Pickering was in Gayn­dah the north and south sides were still con­nected by the old bridge, barely above the river.

The Or­ange Fes­ti­val gave her the per­fect ex­cuse to re­turn to her home town and see old friends.

Bring­ing her run­ning group, the Hash House Har­ri­ers, Mrs Pickering showed her Bris­bane friends around town and vis­ited all the sights.

“I haven’t been in town since my dad died 14 years ago,” she said. “When I was here last they didn’t even have an ATM in town.”

“I re­mem­ber learn­ing how to drive and the bridge was right down the banks, you would have to race it up the hill to get to the other side. “It’s great to be back. “The high­light has been meet­ing all th­ese old friends.”

Now a so­cial worker in Bris­bane, Mrs Pickering fondly re­mem­bers liv­ing and grow­ing up in Gayn­dah.

“I went to the pri­mary and the high schools here,” she said.

“And I will def­i­nitely be back for the school re­u­nions later this year.”

PHOTO: BRAN­DON LIVESAY

BACK HOME: Ker­rie Pickering re­turns to her home town for the Or­ange Fes­ti­val.

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