Old guard re­turn to a ’tamer’ Port

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Scott Tib­balls

SOME vis­ited and never left, oth­ers scat­tered to the corners of the globe, but there was a party at Salsa Bar and Grill this week kick­ing off a re­union of peo­ple who have one thing in com­mon be­tween all of them – a love of Port Dou­glas.

Started as a Face­book group re­con­nect­ing hos­pi­tal­ity work­ers from the ’90s in Port Dou­glas, what was a way to keep in touch be­came a cel­e­bra­tion of good times, and an ex­cuse to have a party.

Or­gan­is­ers Cameron Wal­ton and Bryce Wearne said they ex­pected well over a hun­dred peo­ple to at­tend the Tues­day after­noon party, which drew long-time lo­cals and mem­bers of the Port Dou­glas di­as­pora from as far away as Swe­den.

Mr Wal­ton said that the ’90s was a fan­tas­tic era for Port Dou­glas work­ers.

“A lot of the staff have stayed re­ally close.”

At­ten­dees of the week of ac­tiv­i­ties all had com­mon con­nec­tions as work­ers at Salsa Bar and Grill, Man­giare’s Ital­iano and Portofino Pizza among many more.

The Salsa Bar and Grill party was just the be­gin­ning of the re­union of friends, with plenty of out­ings planned over the week, in­clud­ing a reef trip, beach vol­ley­ball and a walk.

“We or­gan­ised things we all used to do years ago,” said Mr Wal­ton.

“It’s go­ing to be heaps of fun – no­body’s changed that much, only their sit­u­a­tion.”

Port FM ra­dio sta­tion owner and long­stand­ing Port Dou­glas reis­dent Mike Gabour said: “The 20-year PD re­union is a tes­ti­mony to the ben­e­fits of over-in­dul­gence or the ef­fect it has had on my eye­sight – be­cause no­body has aged.

“It’s been such a treat to stum­ble down mem­ory lane with some of the most in­ter­est­ing peo­ple I’ve ever met,” he said.

“Port Dou­glas is still the most ex­cit­ing place on the planet but it is quite a bit tamer than it was 20 years ago.”

Pic­ture: SCOTT TIBALLS

Per­rin Clarke and Richard Tow­ers at Salsa Bar and Grill for the 20 year re­union

Michael Gabour, Ju­lia Leu, He­len Gabour and Rod Davis

Rhys Baw­den, Re­nae Red­drop, Dave Barry and Tonya Guild at Salsa Bar

"Mango" with Kirsten Put­land

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