Rain brings Bash to Bingara

June 4, 2009

Peace was shattered in Bingara recently when sirens and musical horns announced the (un-planned) arrival of vehicles taking part in the Variety Club Bash.

The noisy convoy, consisting of 44 pre-1972 vehicles, 10 support vehicles, 150 people, was forced to take a detour from their planned dirt road trip from Narrabri to Armidale, coming instead through Bingara. About half of the ‘bashers’ and support crew stopped in town and bought food or a drink.

Keystone Cops Bruce “Rocky” Maxwell and John Paul Young with other Bash teams take a break at the Imperial Hotel.  JPY had a look at the juke box, but evidently didn’t find a song to sing along to.

Variety Club members spend all year raising money for the Club. This year, the Club has raised over $360,000. To take part in the Bash, members must raise a minimum of $4,000.

Also taking part in the Variety Bash were a number of medical specialists from John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle, who conducted medical workshops at each of the towns on the planned itinerary.

The Bash left from Newcastle and visited Bathurst, Cootamundra, Dubbo, Narrabri Armidale, Northhaven and finished at Forster on Saturday.