Proser­pine RSL to hit UK tele­vi­sion screens

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A GROUP of re­turned ser­vice­men from Proser­pine and Air­lie Beach will ap­pear on Bri­tish tele­vi­sion screens fol­low­ing the film­ing of a BBC ‘trav­el­ogue’ at the Proser­pine Ex-Ser­vices Club last week.

The trav­el­ogue cen­tres around award­win­ning UK co­me­dian, ac­tor and tele­vi­sion per­son­al­ity John Bishop, who, 22 years ago, cy­cled from Syd­ney, Aus­tralia, to Liver­pool in the UK.

When Bishop, who now packs out sta­di­ums with his stand-up comic shows, de­cided to re­trace the Syd­ney to Cairns leg of his epic ride, he did so with a BBC cam­era crew in tow.

Un­der the work­ing ti­tle ‘Aus­tralia Re­cy­cled’, Bishop and his crew have spent the past few weeks film­ing a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties along the way and last Thurs­day they rolled into Proser­pine in search of an RSL.

Af­ter a tour of the club with Proser­pine Ex-Ser­vices Club pres­i­dent Ian Lade, Bishop shared a few ales with a num­ber of the Whit­sun­days’ most prom­i­nent re­turned ser­vice­men in­clud­ing Viet­nam vet­eran Row­land Bade­noch and Air­lie Beach RSL vice pres­i­dent Bill Rose.

Topics dis­cussed on cam­era in­cluded deal­ing with post trau­matic stress, the place of RSL’s in the com­mu­nity and an over­view of mil­i­tary tra­di­tions.

Di­rec­tor Rhairi Fal­lon said the film crew cer­tainly got what they were look­ing for.

“I think we wanted to get a sense of the RSL and the part it plays in Aus­tralia,” he said.

Mr Lade said the film­ing was un­ex­pected, “but hope­fully a bit of pro­mo­tion for our club”. Mr Rose agreed. “It’ll prob­a­bly be good to let the Bri­tish know what we do as re­tired ex-ser­vice­men and it’ll keep our com­rade­ship up,” he said.

As for Proser­pine seemed to like the place.

“It’s like heart­land Aus­tralia – the type of town that of­ten gets missed but this is where I think you find the real Aus­tralia and gen­uine people,” he said.

The trav­el­ogue has not yet been given a screen­ing date but Mr Fal­lon said it was likely to air on BBC 1 and BBC World­wide be­fore the end of the year.

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ON CAM­ERA: Proser­pine Ex-Ser­vices Club pres­i­dent Ian Lade (right), show­ing Bri­tish co­me­dian and ac­tor John Bishop around the club's 'mu­seum' while BBC cam­era­man Roger Laxon films on.

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