Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Byron Still Sparkles for Long-Time Visitors

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Byron Still Sparkles for Long-Time Visitors

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GARY CHIGWIDDEN

news@northernstar.com.au

RAY and Nelda Hugo would make the perfect poster couple to promote Byron Bay around Australia and the world.

At 86 and 81 they aren't young backpackers, they don't surf and they don't party, party, party, but they have been holidaying regularly in the town for 60 years and they just love it.

They have seen plenty of changes in that time, but for them the same magical qualities they discovered on their first visit still exist today.

aWhen you think right back, it was a typical little seaside village that has grown a lot,a said Ray, who retired from BHP 22 years ago.

aBut to us, it still has the feel of that little seaside village. We love it.a

The Newcastle couple first came to Byron Bay in 1952 and stayed with Nelda's brother, Les Beesley, who had a bakery in Lawson St. …

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