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Chins will be wagging at reunion

REMINISCING about "the good old days" and catching up with friends will all be part of a spring reunion planned for Byron Bay.

To be held at the Park Hotel at Suffolk Park on Saturday, September 1, it's expected that almost 250 people will attend.

The reunion has been organised by former Byron Bay residents John Wright and Donny Gray, who have set up a Facebook site, Know What I Miss About Byron Bay (KWIMABB).

The site was originally started by Mr Wright after talks with another long-time local, Geoff Dutton.

"The Facebook page initially attracted around 180 members, and the sharing of their memoires led to a reunion at the then Buddha Bar in November 2010," Mr Wright, who was born in Byron Bay, said.

"Once the reunion was over, the Facebook page fell dormant and it was it was only after Facebook threatened to close the page for lack of activity that existing members were asked to come back to the social network site.

"The increased activity led to more members and now the page has 636 members and around 1000 images, including some very old Byron Bay photos, many of which I've never seen before."

Mr Wright said a discussion in January with Donny Gray, who is an administrator of the Facebook site, led to the idea of a reunion.

He said that unlike the original reunion, which involved a cover charge and bands, the spring reunion would be "very loose and easy".

"Simply turn up at the hotel from noon and have a good old chin-wag," Mr Wright said.

Mr Wright said copies of the historical photos on the Facebook site would be would be available free of charge at the reunion.

"It's going to be lots of fun and really relaxed," he said.

To register, go to the Facebook site.

- Jann Burmester


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