A score for Out­rig­gers

20th Cup Cal­cutta

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

PORT Dou­glas Out­rig­ger Ca­noe Club will host its 20th Mel­bourne Cup Cal­cutta Auc­tion, a long­stand­ing tra­di­tion with the Court­house Ho­tel.

Found­ing mem­ber Irene Denholm re­calls in 1993 that the oc­ca­sion was one of the big­gest events in Port Dou­glas’s Mel­bourne Cup cal­en­dar, with en­thu­si­as­tic bid­ding from visi­tors and lo­cals alike.

Les ‘‘Bassie’’ Bass was the flam­boy­ant and colour­ful first auc­tion­eer, enthralling the pun­ters with his un­sur­passed knowl­edge of the field and su­perb show­man­ship. Later, ‘‘Clancy’’ Grigg, mu­si­cian and MC ex­traor­di­naire, took over in­cit­ing the pun­ters to bid for their favourite nag, thus aid­ing and abet­ting the Out­rig­gers in what is prob­a­bly their big­gest fundraiser for the year.

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