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‘Oldies’ Celebrate With Music

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“You’ll Never Find Another Cherbourg Girl Like Me” … Aunty Lillian Gray and Muddy Flats kept the dance floor jumping, especially when she sang the old Cherbourg classic

November 12, 2018

The 2018 NAIDOC Week slogan “Because Of Her We Can” was adopted as the theme for this year’s Golden Oldies at Cherbourg … and the ladies came out in force!

You should have seen them on the dance floor …

Golden Oldies is for the over-50s only.

It began at Cherbourg more than 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 have a good time, reminisce and celebrate life and friendship.

As always, there was lots of music, lots of dancing and lots of laughter on Saturday at the Welfare Hall.

People born in Cherbourg – or with links to the community – come from all over Queensland for the reunion.

It is also a great day out for the residents of Cherbourg’s Ny-Ku Byun Elders Village.

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The Bowie family, from Brisbane, and local Cherbourg residents were busy volunteering in the canteen

“Because Of Her We Can” … some of Cherbourg’s “Golden Oldies” pose for the cameras

Rocko Langton, right, and the rest of Muddy Flats were playing some old rock’n’roll, country and Murri classics on stage

“Blame It On The Bossa Nova” … Jeanette Brown, Lesley Williams and Sandra Morgan were having fun on the dancefloor

Crowding out the dance floor … we even spotted some line dancing happening

Cherbourg resident Hazel Dowling also took a turn on the microphone

Faye Gundy was wearing a T-shirt honouring her grandmother, Nancy Chambers

John Cobbo was practising some air guitar as Muddy Flats rocked on stage

Greg Cobbo also took a turn with Muddy Flats on stage

Johnny Huggins, Cherbourg, with Cherbourg Mayor Arnold Murray

Iris Glenbar, from Widgee, with Cr Alana Purcell

Bessie Bond and Hazel Speedy were enjoying the music and the chance to chat to old friends

Penny Ruthenberg and Chrissy Beresford with Eva Collins, centre, one of the oldest Cherbourg residents at this year’s “Golden Oldies”

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