Work­ers to re­live his­tory at an­nual mill re­union

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

A RE­UNION to cel­e­brate the work of the Proser­pine Mill’s for­mer em­ploy­ees, staff and direc­tors will be held at the mill’s so­cial club on Fri­day, Novem­ber 1.

The func­tion will start at 11.30am, with an of­fi­cial wel­come by Wil­mar Proser­pine site man­ager Danny Van Der Berg at mid­day.

Re­union or­gan­iser Ron Read said the idea for a re­union came about while shar­ing a few beers with friends at a lo­cal pub 16 years ago.

“We have had peo­ple come from as far south as the Sun­shine Coast and as far north as Cairns with the small­est crowd be­ing around 30 peo­ple, and at the big­gest more than 70, so it’s al­ways a great event,” he said.

Mr Read started as an ap­pren­tice fit­ter and turner at the Proser­pine Mill in 1953, and re­tired as main­te­nance en­gi­neer in 2000.

He said dur­ing his time they would crush over two mil­lion tons of cane an­nu­ally.

Lo­cal res­i­dent John McNa­mara worked at the mill as a boiler maker and work­shop su­per­vi­sor from 1960 to 2004.

He said the re­union was some­thing to look for­ward to ev­ery year be­cause so many men had ded­i­cated their en­tire lives to work­ing at the Proser­pine Mill.

“It’s just a great op­por­tu­nity to re­con­nect, share a few sto­ries and en­joy a drink with some old friends,” he said.

A free bar­beque lunch will be pro­vided by Wil­mar Proser­pine and the bar will be open with a range of re­fresh­ments avail­able for pur­chase.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Mr Read on 4945 1138 or 0409 724 482.

RE­MEM­BER HIS­TORY: Re­union or­gan­iser Ron Read with the help of John McNa­mara and Mario Faletti is busy plan­ning this year's an­nual re­union of for­mer Proser­pine Sugar Mill em­ploy­ees, staff and direc­tors on Novem­ber 1.

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