Re­union to hon­our our tourism pi­o­neers

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

MORE than 140 peo­ple from across the state will be at­tend­ing the highly an­tic­i­pated re­union to cel­e­brate Air­lie’s early tourism pi­o­neers at the Air­lie Beach Bowls Club on Satur­day, June 29.

Cost­ing $20 per per­son and start­ing at 4pm, the of­fi­cial pro­ceed­ings for the evening will start at 5pm.

Re­union or­gan­iser Dale Hell will open the event with a brief his­tory of the area fol­lowed by a se­ries of short films com­piled by the late Ken McGowan.

En­ter­tain­ment for the evening will be pro­vided by a host Air­lie’s early mu­sic in­no­va­tors in­clud­ing Jim Hack­ett, Kieran McCarthy, Hel­mut Ja­coby and Dar­ren Hicks.

Also in at­ten­dance will be spe­cial guests in­clud­ing the founder of the Whit­sun­day Times Bill Smith, co-founders of Club Croc Peter Thynne and Phil Dick­in­son, Bar­bara and Al­lan South­wood and the fam­i­lies of the late Bob Porter and Bob Jenk­ins.

The re­union will also have a dis­play of pho­to­graphs and mem­o­ra­bilia of Air­lie Beach dat­ing back to the 1930’s.

Ms Hell said she had ex­pected the re­union to be a suc­cess with lo­cals but was com­pletely blown away by the in­ter­est com­ing from res­i­dents out­side the re­gion and in­ter­state.

“We were such a close com­mu­nity and it is great to see that strong con­nec­tion still ex­ists,” she said.

A CD with mu­sic from the 1970s and 80s fea­tur­ing Banjo Jack, Norm Clay­ton, Bob Pomeroy, Frank Hickey, the Ja­cob Broth­ers, the Gun­nadoo Band and Greg Hast­ings will also be on sale at the re­union. Book­ings are es­sen­tial and can be made by con­tact­ing Dale Hell on 0416 273 598 or dale­hell@hot­mail.com.

BACK IN TIME: Owner of Whit­sun­day Travel Cen­tre Eric Bot­tle and re­union or­gan­iser Dale Hell have been busy gath­er­ing sam­ples of mem­o­ra­bilia from as early as the 1930's for the Air­lie Beach tourism pi­o­neers re­union on Satur­day.

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