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