RALEIGH RUMBLING JANUARY 2014

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Greetings All. RRRR greeted the day with Trepidation. That’s how RRRR greets most things. Proved to be no need for the Trepidation because it truly RUMBLED again. The day was cool and gloomy but the honeysuckle was in blossom, the lawns had been mown and the milk we left behind last time in the turned off fridge was so old that it was no longer Intimidating.

George was there early as usual and Izzy ( another early bird) picked up the key from the RALEIGH WINERY and got the stage in order. RRRR arrived a little later in Alfie with the pink tub of goodies and paper plates. SANDRA CLARK kicked it iff at noon due to being on her way to the URUNGA GOLF CLUB for an afternoon Gig. It was her boy, DREW’s, 9th birthday as well and the staff of the BLACK BEAR CAFE in BELLINGEN were taking over Sandy’s house for a party while she was out and about.  This Rumble featured far too many ukuleles for the liking of your Roving Reporter but everyone else seemed tickled pink.  John May and Margot introduced a bit of the Irish to the day, including flute of some kind.

Hear tell that the gent sitting and playing guitar was actually Terry Walker ( ex STRANGERS)  We had a couple of big band spots yesterday. The VAS BROS were back. That always makes a day sweet. They are inclined towards the morbid but a bit of UNDERTAKER music cheers RRRR up considerably. That’s the preference of RRRR. PUMPING as they say. There’s a heap more pics to come as well as those on the FACEBOOK site for RALEIGH RUMBLINGS. We had dogs and kids and DRIFTER DAN who lives in a stone cottage on the shore of the English Channel and spends months per year out in Kalang Valley. Drifter was looking very dapper yesterday. Sartorial in fact. Woz from Urunga survived the day before to get up on stage and he tells us there is a jam of some kind at the OVH next Sunday. OVH is what we locals call the pub in URUNGA – the OCEANVIEW HOTEL. Seems likely RRRR was actually conceived in the OVH way back in 1948-9 when the folks were honeymooning there from Sydney.  Woz had talked Yellow Rock Man Richard Kelly into coming along and we did some yaaning over old days and names.

RRRR had a chat with Tanya and Leroy from Nambucca who had a similar thing happening down there for 5 years. Good feedback. RRRR knew then way back. Meeting a lot of people from WAY BACK WHEN.

Vanessa turned up with mate, Sandy Bonney, and a framed award for the URUNGS SURF LIFESAVING CLUB – proud winners of the AUSTRALIA DAY awards in Bellingen Shire.

RRRR was mighty grateful to Kerry Manson and the assorted other helpers who brought food and set up and cleaned up. The Mansons even took the garbage bags away with them. There wasn’t much food in those bags but we are glad to help our newcomers to the District in any way we can.

RRRR will recall more high and lowlights as the pics come out of the developer and make notes of them for you. Next Rumble is  LAST SUNDAY IN FEBRUARY.

DREW BIRTHDAY

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