Wide response to Landline screening

May 17, 2011

About 80 people, including some visitors to Bingara, watched the television program, Landline, on the big screen at the Roxy on Sunday, May 7.  The Landline crew visited Bingara to film the 75th Anniversary of the Roxy’s opening, and the story about the Roxy was featured in Sunday’s episode. 

The segment went for almost 17 minutes, and featured interviews with former Mayor, John Wearne, Roxy Manager, Sandy McNaughton, Inverell identity, Con Fardouly, former Premier Bob Carr, and a number of Greek Australians who have adopted the Roxy as a living monument to Greek, and Kytherian in particular, immigration.

Sandy mcNaughton, presenting George Poulos, with a ‘trademark’ pair of ‘Roxy’ underpants.
Sandy mcNaughton, presenting George Poulos, with a ‘trademark’ pair of
‘Roxy’ underpants.

After the screening of the program, volunteers who helped with the 75th birthday celebrations were treated to a barbecue, cooked by the Bingara Lions Club.

In a speech following the screening, Sandy McNaughton individually thanked the volunteers, Council staff, Bingara Lions, Rick Hutton, Martin Hansford, Peter McCarthy, Anna Rose and Val McCallum who supplied photographs of the event.

George Poulos, representing the Kytherian Association of Australia, echoed Sandy’s thanks to all the volunteers.“The Greek community is still talking about (the weekend),” he said.  “The work of Jenny Mead and the Information Centre, the Lions Club have left a deep impression on the Greek and Kytherian community,” he said.

“I thank the Bingara community for embracing the Greeks in the project, and we really appreciate it.  The two communities are working side by side to build a monument, only with continuing support will this shared vision succeed,” Mr. Poulos said.

“This town and Roxy complex will become an international icon. People will come from Greece and Europe to see the Roxy.“Thank you for embracing our community,” he said.

Photographs of the weekend were shown on the screen as volunteers, community members and visitors enjoyed a barbecue lunch.Mr.

Poulos told the Advocate on Monday that the Kytherian Association is holding a ball in Sydney in June, and is keen for Bingara people to attend the ball.  He said if Bingara people would like to attend, he will find billets for them, as Bingara people had been kind enough to billet a number of visitors who came for the Roxy celebrations. 

Sandy told the Advocate the response to the screening had been swift and very positive.The first email came through just eight minutes after the program concluded, from a man in Canberra who had visited the Roxy. There were, Sandy said, many others who had contacted her with enquiries about the cafe.