Help town mark milestone

Louise AllinghamPilbara News
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Past and present Exmouth residents are set to flock to the Potshot Hotel on Saturday, September 23 for the town’s biggest ever reunion as part of its 50th birthday celebrations.

At the day-long reunion, guests can enjoy food, drinks, live music by the Mucky Duck Bush Band and Impact Matters, a comedy performance and dancing.

Half-day and whole day tickets an be bought and include meals and entertainment. Event organiser Branka King thought the 50th birthday was a fitting occasion to reminisce on the town’s history.

“With Exmouth’s 50th birthday being celebrated this month, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity for my business, Exmouth Events, to host a satellite event where old friends and new friends could get together and reminisce about Exmouth,” she said.

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“Over the past 30 years, I have met hundreds of people from all over the world who have either visited Exmouth or lived there at some point and they all have one thing in common — everybody loves Exmouth.” Ms King said although most guests were coming to the reunion from WA, a few would cross oceans to join in the fun.

“The Harold E. Holt US Naval Communication Station played a large role in the shaping of Exmouth — thousands of Americans worked at HEH in conjunction with Aussies,” she said. “There are some American friends who have already arrived in Perth and are now making their way up the coast to Exmouth.”

Ms King came to Exmouth in 1984 to work at the naval station and now divides her time between the town and Fremantle.

She said she instantly fell in love with the pristine beaches, magnificent landscapes, the weather, the fishing, the people and the town itself.

“Exmouth grows on you,” she said.

“You can revel in your solitude or you can socialise every night of the week ... its beauty mesmerises me still to this day.”

Ms King is also asking guests to send her old photos of Exmouth to include in a slideshow.

For tickets or more information, contact 0417 950 236 or branka@gunmarine.com.au.

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