Kyabram Free Press
Bridge reunion off
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.