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THE re­union to hon­our our tourism pi­o­neers.

This was ex­cit­ing to see so many of the older peo­ple that at­tended with their mem­o­ra­bilia and pho­tos of those days be­fore and af­ter Cy­clone “Ada”.

This was when Air­lie was “awak­ened” from a small fish­ing vil­lage that at­tracted th­ese peo­ple to Air­lie over the 70’s and 80’s that have turned Air­lie into the “party” town with the in­tro­duc­tion of the “Fun Race” in 1976 by Bob Porter owner of “The Vil­lage” and Al­lan South­wood sailed each other for a bot­tle of rum.

The rest is his­tory, with 40 years com­ing up.

Since those days the “char­ac­ters” that lived and worked in Air­lie and the is­lands def­i­nitely gave those that were pass­ing through that Air­lie “was” a very friendly place to stay a bit longer.

Many of us that lived in that “era” are still here, or gone away and come back have keep in con­tact with those “friends” they made some 35 years ago.

We all re­mem­ber that “view” when you drove over the hill into Air­lie, you saw “post card” views ev­ery day.

Thanks to or­gan­is­ers Dale Hell and Eric Bot­tle from the Bowls Club, Pam Pole from Whit­sun­day His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, Jim Hack­ett or­gan­ised the mu­sic and Bar­bara South­wood for the boat­ies and the DVD by the late Ken McGowan.

From this re­union we to have more the need to com­pile a more com­plete “his­tory” of Air­lie and its “char­ac­ters”.

Events that have grown in stature and sports that pi­o­neered those early days. Ash­ley Kennedy WHIT­SUN­DAYS

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