Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Centenary Celebration; Book Documents Club's History

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Centenary Celebration; Book Documents Club's History

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Byline: Colin Gilmore

THE story of the Tweed Heads and Coolangatta Surf Life Saving Club could fill a book.

And it does fill one, written by former Tweed Daily News editor Brian Styman to mark the club's centenary, which is being celebrated this weekend.

The club's 100th anniversary festivities will begin this Friday, and the club is encouraging past and present members, supporters and the public to join in the fun.

On Friday at 5.30pm DST magician Simon Heart and musician Steve Michaels will entertain young and old among past and present members and supporters.

On Saturday from 7.30pm, Twin Towns Resort will host a cocktail party for members, VIPs and supporters, and on Sunday from 11.30am all are welcome for the club's centenary birthday extravaganza.

Centenary committee chairman Alan Hickling said it would abe a big thinga and an excellent chance for old mates to reconnect.

aOur oldest member Bill Garbett from Tweed Heads and Bill Powell from Brisbane will be there; they're both in their 90s,a Mr Hickling said.

aA lot of people have heard about it and they've been emailing around so it will be a big get-together.a

Mr Styman's book, 100 Years of Saving Lives, documents the club's formal birth at the Tweed Heads School of Arts on March 13, 1911.

His book also records the unofficial birth of forerunner the Tweed Heads Surf and Life Saving Club on February 21, 1909, when aBlueya Gray and his young lifesavers saved a group of Murwillumbah swimmers in Queensland's first surf rescue.

Sunday's celebrations will include a photo of all past and present members and the cutting of the centenary birthday cake.

A memorabilia display will be held and Mr Styman's centenary book will be for sale along with other club mementos.

Mr Hickling said he could remember going to life saving carnivals and having aa lot of fun on thema.

aI've got a lot of good memories such as getting caught in cyclones in Ayr, on the other side of Mackay. …

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