Pam Sullivan sings at the extravaganza.
Pam Sullivan sings at the extravaganza.

VIEW celebrate in style

It was a 25th birthday party fit for Broadway as the Brunswick VIEW Club presented its stage extravaganza, ‘Silver Memories in a Golden Year’, in front of more than 115 guests last Thursday at the Ex-Services Club in Mullumbimby.

There was a wedding with performances from ‘Shirley Temple’ and ‘Auntie Maud’, a stirring solo from ‘Evita’, some leggy synchronised swimming, and a ballet routine that brought the house down, with Rudolph Nureyev, played by Nanette Turner, and Margaret Ricketts, Judy Williams and Barbara Newton in their tutus.

“This was our most-involved show ever – a kaleidoscope of all our silver memories,” Brunswick VIEW Club president Fay Pratten said.

“There was some amazing action going on behind the stage too, including a wardrobe malfunction that stopped the show – I must have changed outfits five times,” she laughed.

Brunswick VIEW Club (Voice, Interests and Education of Women) is predominantly a ‘fun and friendship’ organisation for women that was started 50 years ago by The Smith Family to bring women feeling isolated together.

In 2010 the club is still going strong in the Brunswick Valley area with 78 members who meet most months for a ‘friendship morning’ and lunch.

“Things have changed in society and there are a lot of challenges in life, which is why it’s so wonderful to be able to rise above it and have some fun,” Mrs Pratten said.

“And it’s an opportunity to do things you might not be game to do otherwise, such as get up on stage and sing and dance.

“Being part of a very supportive group enables this fun and learning, no matter what your age.”

While fundraising is not the organisation’s focus, they do get involved in many projects to help those in need.

“We do some really special work in education, helping students from disadvantaged families in The Smith Family’s Learning for Life program,” Mrs Pratten said.

“We also have a ‘knit and natter’ project that has provided bunny rugs for babies all over Australia, including Uluru last year.

“And we’ve been supporting the Murwillumbah Women’s Refuge this year and we’re always looking for opportunities ways to help local women and local causes with our knitting.”

All women are welcome to join and can call Brunswick VIEW Club secretary Margaret Keating on 6619 0542.

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