Kyabram Free Press

Bridge reunion off

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Kyabram septuagena­rian and noted organiser Peter Nelson has reluctantl­y pulled the plug on a milestone reunion he has been busily arranging, just three weeks after calling off another get-together.

Both reunions are victims of the COVID19 restrictio­ns.

But Peter insists he will not be entertaini­ng making the latest reunion into a 100-year celebratio­n, which he is keen to do with the first cancelled reunion.

He has also stressed the first postponed reunion would only be held if his health held up long enough.

‘‘It’s going to be hard enough arranging one 100-year reunion without being burdened with two of them, so I’m reluctantl­y cancelling the most recent one, which is a shame,’’ Peter said.

The first reunion postponeme­nt was a 50-year anniversar­y of the Kyabram Football Club reserves 1971 premiershi­p win, which was set down for the first weekend in August.

It had to be cancelled at the last minute when COVID restrictio­ns were reintroduc­ed just two days before the planned celebratio­n.

The second reunion was to be held last year but had to be transferre­d to this year and was to take the form of a few drinks under Mccoys Bridge on the Goulburn River.

Peter explained during that original celebratio­n a group of 19 sprightly young Kyabram males left their signatures on pylons under the bridge in 1970 — half a century ago — and the names were still visible today.

‘‘We got a ‘niner’ (nine gallon keg of beer) from Stan Myers who was running the Blue Brick hotel at the time. It rained when we got out to the river so we had to move under the bridge. The niner didn’t last very long but, of course, we were a bit younger and a whole lot thirstier in those days,’’ reflected Peter, who said out of the names and nicknames still on the bridge today seven are known to have passed away.

Do you recognise any of these names who had that party under the bridge 50 years ago and left their signatures on a girder under the bridge? They were: ROCKY, BARBS, GUS, ROBBIE, PENGUIN, CHEST, SPARGO, RAT, WOOLY, STRETCH, BOS, MAHON, DETTS, MELDY, HORSE, DICK. GOAT, COLGATES, BRUCE.

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