Jeff wakes up in time for Christmas
By NERIDA BLOK
EACH year Casino's Hilton Fatt, spends Christmas with a wiggle.
His younger brother Jeff is better known to thousands of tiny tots as 'Wake up Jeff' in the enormously successful children's band ? the Wiggles.
A third generation owner-operator of Kwong Sings at Casino, Hilton joins Jeff and his parents, Oscar and Norma (formerly of Casino, now retired in Sydney), and his three sisters Meiling, Meiguin and Kristine, at their family beach house next to Ballina's lighthouse.
"My father bought the house 70 years ago and we've been going there ever since," Hilton said.
Sharing his family's musical talent, Hilton learnt to play the piano and bass guitar.
"But I can't sing," he insisted.
If only for honouring a Chinese family obligation of returning to run the family business as the eldest son, Hilton may also have gone down the musical path to stardom.
Instead, he has happily maintained his interests in the arts from his Casino base, including producing the Wiggles movie, script writing and working on his current project, producing an 'action-Kung fu comedy' aimed at a Western audience.
"It's no different to retail in that you are trying to work out what an audience wants, and you hope you have the product they want," he said.
As for Christmas in Ballina, Hilton was adamant there would be no 'dood-alooing', finger pointing or 'wake up Jeff' jokes in the Fatt household.
"That novelty wore off years ago," he said.