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Country singer Roger Knox gives Cherbourg's Golden Oldies a big thumbs up!

Aunty Fay and Uncle John Gundy, who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in August, cut the special Golden Oldies 25th anniversary cake

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┬áCherbourg – 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.

Making sure everything was running smoothly ... Aunty Sandra Morgan and Aunty Lesley Williams

The Wakka Wakka dancers opened the day and were greeted with loud applause

Elizabeth and Doug Kirk lit the memorial candle for family members and friends

Tyrone Murray and Cornellis, 7, after the performance by the Wakka Wakka dancers

Lesley Williams pays tribute to Aunty Bessie Bond, 88, the oldest person at Golden Oldies who was born at Cherbourg (then Barambah), and Aunty Eva Collins, who will turn 93 in December, who was brought to Cherbourg from Charleville as a young girl, with Uncle George Couchy, from Brisbane

The Wakka Wakka dancers and the Samoan Queensland rugby league team pose for the cameras

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Samoan Queensland rugby league team


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