Reunion to honour our tourism pioneers
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 email@example.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.