Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Much-Loved Christmas Presents; Coast Personalities Reveal the Presents They Cherished the Most under the Tree

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Much-Loved Christmas Presents; Coast Personalities Reveal the Presents They Cherished the Most under the Tree

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Byline: JANINE HILL

WAS it a doll? A toy car? A dress that you had long admired in a shop window?

Was there a Christmas present that you have never forgotten?

We asked six Sunshine Coast identities to remember the best Christmas gifts they ever received.

ASHLEY

ROBINSON, hospitality manager, Sunshine Coast Gympie Rugby League president, occasional radio co-host, and Sunshine Coast Daily columnist:

IT was the late 1960s, and dragsters a with their huge handlebars inviting riders to lay back on the long, low seats a were number one on the wishlist for boys.

Ashley, then aged about 10, could not believe his luck when he received a dragster for Christmas.

aA purple dragster pushbike a that was the best Christmas present I was ever given,a he said.

aIt had streamers coming out of the handlebars and a basket on the front and I thought I was one cool kid.a

Ashley happily rode the dragster to and from school at Eudlo and on his adventures around the town until it was superceded by the next new fad bike: a Malvern Star racer.

He has no idea what became of his dragster but is certain that it was not thrown on the scrap heap.

aIt was waste not, want not in those days, so it wouldn't have been thrown out,a he said.

aIt would have been given to someone else or you traded it in.a

JOSH DRUMMOND,

Brisbane Lions AFL team member

JOSH Drummond can afford a few big-boys' toys these days but the electric guitar he was given for Christmas when he was about 14 remains a favourite.

aI had an old acoustic guitar that I think I'd borrowed off a friend, but it was pretty old, used to rip the fingers up, and I was after something a bit better,a he said.

His parents knew just what he was after and put up with the noise to keep their son happy. aI used to make a bit of racket,a he said.

Josh still plays guitar, and although he has the electric one that he received that Christmas, he favours acoustic these days. aI'm getting too old, too laid back, and I don' play as much as I used to,a he said.

TONYA

JENNINGS, On the Ridge

Cooking School

TONYA Jennings received what she now rates as her favourite Christmas present with some consternation at first.

aIt was a Kenwood Mixmaster about 25 years ago,a she said.

aI thought it was a bit too domestic.

aIt was something I could buy anyway, rather than have it as a Christmas present.

aHowever, I use it all the time, and it still goes beautifully, and it's much better than the new ones. It's much quieter and more solid, and I think of my husband and that moment every time I use it.a

Tonya was a librarian at the time, but her husband chose the mixer as a present because he was aware of her love of cooking a neither realising that it would one day be her occupation. …

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