October 23, 2015
Cherbourg’s annual “Golden Oldies” gathered again at the weekend to celebrate, have fun and swap stories.
Golden Oldies is for the over-50s only. It began at Cherbourg 25 years ago when some elders in the community decided they were tired of only catching up with old friends at funerals.
They decided to organise an event once a year to celebrate life and friendship.
There’s always lots of music, dancing, food and plenty of reminiscing.
People born in Cherbourg – or with links to the community – come from all over Queensland and NSW for the weekend of events.
Each year usually has a theme, but this year, the organisers invited visitors to pick their favourite theme from past years.
Saturday’s activities in the Welfare Hall kicked off with a performance by the Wakka Wakka dancers followed by singing and dancing by members of the Samoan Queensland rugby league team who were visiting Cherbourg to play a “friendly” against the Cherbourg Hornets.
The players sang a couple of songs and then performed an energetic war dance … possibly part of a cunning plot by the Hornets to wear them out before they hit the paddock!
The weekend wound up with a breakfast on Sunday morning at The Ration Shed.