Terry and Dorothy Johnston (left), of Mullumbimby, and Janet and Ian Kneale, of Coorabell, dressed up in period costume at the centenary dance at Coorabell Hall on Saturday night.
Terry and Dorothy Johnston (left), of Mullumbimby, and Janet and Ian Kneale, of Coorabell, dressed up in period costume at the centenary dance at Coorabell Hall on Saturday night.

Swinging time at Coorabell hall

THE COORABELL Hall celebrated its centenary in fine style on Saturday night with a day-time fair and an old-time evening dance.

Event co-ordinator Kristine Pryor couldn't have been happier as hundreds turned out to toast the legendry local landmark.

“It was an absolutely fantastic day and night, a real community event with lots of kids, music and painting,” she said.

The kids stole the day-time show with the maypole dancing, while the Mullumbimby Bloke, Ray Essery, charmed all with his bush poetry and trumpeter John Hoffman almost lifted the roof.

“Everyone had a ball,” Ms Pryor said.

“Our two oldest residents, Eunice Woolnough and Reg Wadsworth, both 90 year old, cut the centenary cake which was made by Jenny Lang, the only female president of the hall committee.

“Eunice was the ladies auxiliary president for many years and Reg, well Reg is a legend. He was either president or vice-president for over 40 years.”

Come nightfall the old-time dance band fired up and residents turned out in their stunning period costumes.

“It was just beautiful. I don't think the dance floor had less than 20 couples on it at any time,” Ms Pryor said.

“We danced the night away to the Pride of Erin, the Canadian three-step and the quick step, but the kids really busted out once they heard Nutbush City Limits.

“It was a very different atmosphere to today's bands. Don't get me wrong, they're great, but I'd love to see more of these community events.

“We grew up with this. It's a lovely country atmosphere.

“I think we did pretty well for the first centenary, not that we have anything to compare it with.”



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