Celebration of members aged over 90 at Tartan Brushy RSL Day

Feankie and the Grey J's Band members, from left, John Church, Joy Lauder, and Frank Whincup at the Tartan Brushy RSL Day Club over 90 year olds celebrations in Brushgrove. Photo: JoJo Newby / The Daily Examiner
Feankie and the Grey J's Band members, from left, John Church, Joy Lauder, and Frank Whincup at the Tartan Brushy RSL Day Club over 90 year olds celebrations in Brushgrove. Photo: JoJo Newby / The Daily Examiner Jojo Newby

THERE was dancing in the aisles at the Tartan Brushy RSL Day Club celebration of their 90-year-olds yesterday.

Only one of the club's nonagenarians joined in the dancing, and club co-ordinator Jenny Blanch said she had a lovely, if exhausting, time.

The celebration attracted a bigger than normal attendance with 80 members, volunteers and family turning out to remember the era these remarkable people lived through.

Mrs Blanch said part of the day was devoted to reminiscing about the years of their births, from 1916 to 1922.

"April 25, 1916 was the first official celebration of what they called Anzac Day," she said.

"Brothers Ross and Keith Smith won 10,000 pounds for flying from England to Australia in 30 days in 1919.

"And in 1921, Edith Cowan was the first woman elected to parliament in Australia."

Another popular activity was the table quiz to name Australia's Prime Ministers since 1940.

Mrs Blanch said the band, Frankie and the Gray 'J's had the gathering on their feet.

"They played all the old-time songs they knew and it wasn't long before everyone was on their feet," she said.

"At the guests of honour table, everyone was tapping their feet and waving their hands in time with the music. They were having a marvellous time."

At the conclusion of the festivities each of the over 90 club members was presented with a posy of flowers.

Topics:  brushgrove, rsl, tartan

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