I’ve al­ways had a love of bring­ing peo­ple to­gether and I’ve or­gan­ised many events and func­tions in the past

The Riverine Herald - - FRONT PAGE - By Kim­ber­ley Price

CALL­ING all Echuca teenagers of the 1980s.

It’s time to restyle your perms, don your Levi jeans and get those vo­cal cords ready for Amer­i­can Pie be­cause the Echuca 80’s Teen Re­union is on this week­end.

Or­gan­iser Suzy Far­ley has been tire­lessly work­ing on this year’s event since last year’s wrapped up. This year, the re­union prom­ises to be big­ger and bet­ter.

"I was rem­i­nisc­ing about the good ol’ days when we as teens and early 20s would all meet up for Christ­mas Eve drinks,’’ Suzy said.

‘‘We didn’t have to worry about or­gan­is­ing it, you’d just turn up and ev­ery­one would be there and it was with­out doubt the best night of the year.

‘‘I’ve al­ways had a love of bring­ing peo­ple to­gether and I’ve or­gan­ised many events and func­tions in the past. So I de­cided to cre­ate a page to re­unite all of the Echuca ’80s Teens plus ‘adopted lo­cals’ as I put it.

‘‘The re­ac­tion has been fan­tas­tic. With the page it­self, peo­ple have men­tioned they are re­con­nect­ing with those they have not seen or heard from in many years.

‘‘Then the re­union gives them that chance to meet in per­son.’’

This year, with the as­sis­tance of fel­low Echuca ’80s teen Dean Oberin the re­union will be held at The Amer­i­can Ho­tel on De­cem­ber 1. Start­ing at 7pm un­til 2am, the whole top deck of The Amer­i­can will be cor­doned off for the event.

There will be free en­try for all Echuca ’80s teens with the leg­endary Mick Har­ris. Happy Hour will in­clude clas­sic 1980’s drinks at ’80s prices with $2 beer, wine and sparkling and $5 slushies.

Al­ley Cat and Glen McBride will hit the decks, DJing hits only from the ’ 70s and ’80s all night long.

On the large screens through The Amer­i­can will be a slideshow of pho­tos sent in by peo­ple in­cluded in the Echuca ’80s Face­book group.

For those at­tend­ing, ac­cess is only through Hey­garth Street.

If you’re miss­ing the day where Madonna, Michael Jack­son and Whit­ney Hous­ton dom­i­nated the air­waves, where grab­bing a Sun­ny­boy and head­ing to the Rive af­ter school was your daily rou­tine, mo­bile phones weren’t glued to ears and all the girl’s (and boy’s) just wanted to have fun, then head on down to The Amer­i­can Ho­tel on Satur­day night, fill in a name tag, grab your me­mento wrist­band, take full ad­van­tage of the Happy Hour and laugh, chat and sing with all your past and present friends.

For more in­for­ma­tion, join the face­book group at: face­book.com/ groups/1743678149234547/.

A BLAST FROM THE PAST: This flash­back photo shows a bunch of teenagers in the twin towns dur­ing the 1980s and now they are go­ing to do it all again.

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