Warwick’s Alwyn and Barbara Cutmore in step with the past.
Warwick’s Alwyn and Barbara Cutmore in step with the past.

Fancy a dance for our 150th?

IF you have a fancy frock, some timeless dance moves and the answer to a rather personal question about our past mayors then all you need now is a ticket.

Or more precisely a ticket to “the” event of 2011: The 150th celebration Mayoral Gala Charity Dinner.

Hosted by our city's king of dance, aka esteemed local government leader Ron Bellingham, the dinner is about celebrating history and embracing the future.

Organised for May 28 at a secret venue in the city, the event will raise funds for needy local charities.

Southern Downs Regional Council's Janine Crawford said while the night would have a nostalgic focus it would be with a modern twist.

“It is a little like combining the gypsy tap with rock and roll. This will be a night for people of all ages,” she said.

“There will be historical footage, a charity auction and some very interesting history trivia questions.”

As well as a three-course dinner there will be entertainment by the now-retired but always revered local band Manhattan, who have reformed just to play for the gala dinner.

Warwick Tourism and Events CEO Tracy Vellacott said the band, led by Peter Tanna, had had a huge local following.

“Peter also boasts a long family connection with our city, making his involvement in the celebrations very fitting,” Mrs Vellacott said.

Meanwhile Mayor Bellingham said the dinner dance tradition harked back to the social niceties of our region's early years.

“This will be a celebration of the achievements of our pioneers,” he explained while admitting to having a few smooth dance moves up his sleeve.

“I can't say whether I will be in costume, but this will definitely be the event to go to.”

Tickets went on sale for $90 per head this week but organisers remain tight-lipped about the event's exact location. That has not deterred local socialisers, with more than half the tickets pre-sold already.

Tickets are available through the SDRC customer service counter or by calling 46610300.

And a word to the trivia-wise as they take their finery out of mothballs – rumour has it there will be a historical question asking how many past mayors have had facial hair.

So perhaps schedule in some research time, between sewing on sequins and polishing your dancing shoes.



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