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The Weekend That Was!
September 21, 22, 23, 2001
It was the third time the MIM Apprentices from 1966 got together since their inaugral reunion in Mount Isa back in 1990. Some a few kilos in better condition, some with streaks of grey in their hair and some that don't seem to have changed at all.
After a trumpeted welcome by John Silver, proceedings got underway for the next 3 days of festivities. An impromptu get-together on the Friday night caused much fluid to be consumed and to satisfy the resultant hunger, the wives and girlfriends ordered 25 pizzas to be delivered to the Resort - a sight that had to be seen to be appreciated! Pizza, XXXX and Bundy Rum - what a combination!
Saturday, being race day for those who still pursued the short term money market, saw a few head out to the local track and others to the nearest TAB. Wives and Girlfriends soon made the local shopping centres their point of focus and it is still an unknown factor who were the winners for the day.
Saturday night was the main social function at the Mercure, with token gifts, courtesy of DOK, presented to those who assisted in organising the reunion as well as a free raffle for all the Super 66'ers in attendance. A buffet of cold meats, salads and desserts, with tea and coffee facilities on hand, was served early in the proceedings to feed the starving hordes.
By midnight, after much reminiscing and trumpeting, Mercure management suggested that those revellers still on deck proceed to the lobby area to continue the party - apparently the noise was too much for some of the in-house guests!! By 4am, the last of the partygoers was put to bed. 11am Sunday, saw Wayne Campbell's coach arrive to take the weary bodies to the recovery at the Quarterdeck, overlooking the marina on Cleveland Bay.
Sunday seemed a lot "slower" than the previous two days!!
Sadly, all good things must come to an end and by about 3pm, most of the guests were on their way home, but the stayers decided to head over to the Casino to continue with the social factor and to watch the Broncos bow out of the NRL finals.
The organisers also invited some of the locals from Townsville and Mount Isa who commenced their working life in the bustling mining city during the '60s and they have all requested to be notified of the next reunion. It just gets bigger and better!
The old adage "time and tide wait for no man" has prompted the organisers into speeding up the next reunion - instead of waiting 5 years, consideration has been given to having the reunions every 2 years. The choice of venue is flexible with such places as Magnetic Island, the Sunshine Coast and Mount Isa mooted as future possibilities.
A questionnaire will be sent to all the Super 66'ers to ask their views on this proposal.
A poem was penned and put to print on some memorabilia in celebrating the Millenium Reunion ...
Through the Super 66'ers web site, the organisers are keen to keep in touch with all their mates from the past and as Bruce Mullan is the next chief organiser, please direct all correspondence to him. Results from the questionnaire will be compiled and organising will get underway in earnest for a bigger and better reunion.
We'll see you there!
Legends in the making . . . . .