Residents, friends kick up their heels at Kiah hall celebrations

MILESTONE: Friends of Kiah Public Hall committee Jeff Knight, Gill Harris, Annette Evelyn, Lynn Slater, Beryl McGovern, Bev Stone and Shirley McKenna-Rixon.
MILESTONE: Friends of Kiah Public Hall committee Jeff Knight, Gill Harris, Annette Evelyn, Lynn Slater, Beryl McGovern, Bev Stone and Shirley McKenna-Rixon.

Nearly 150 people from Kiah, the surrounding district and far away attended Kiah Public Hall’s 60th anniversary on Saturday, November 11.

Constructed in 1957, Kiah hall continues to be a symbol of rural tradition where families and individuals come together to enjoy friendship and festivity, and create lifelong memories.

Guests of all ages gathered to continue that wonderful country spirit with friendship, live music, dancing, supper, door and raffle prizes, and of course laughter, as the milestone in the hall’s history was celebrated.

The hall was beautifully decked out for the occasion with personally written and photographic history on the walls, a display which served as a clear reminder to those attending of the significance of Kiah’s special place in the history of the Sapphire Coast.

Months of hard work by the Friends of Kiah Public Hall committee, including Bev Stone, Annette Evelyn, Lynn Slater, Beryl McGovern, Gill Harris, Shirley McKenna-Rixon and Jeff Knight, ensured a great night’s entertainment.

Beryl McGovern was presented with the honour of the official opening of the evening’s proceedings which involved a snapshot of her long association with the hall, cutting the anniversary cake and unveiling the commemorative plaque.

A special feature of the night was the attendance of four generations of the McGovern family.

The Double Gs band provided a range of musical entertainment and old time dances, including the Pride of Erin, Barn Dance, Gypsy Tap and Hokey Pokey, ensured the polished floorboards received a thorough workout.

Sponsors included Eden Discovery Park, Eden Gippsland Tyre Service, Cat Balou Cruises, Sea Horse Inn Boydtown, Eden Men’s Shed, Bega Cheese, Crowies Gas/Fuel/Camping Gear, Kiah Wilderness Kayak Tours, Eden Mitre 10, Eden Georgies Jewellery, Eden Rusty Plough, Eden Great Southern Inn, Disaster Bay Chillies, Wonboyn Oysters, Eden Supply Central Stock and Pet Supplies, Eden Newsagency, Kiah General Store and Robyn McBain.

Major prize winners were John Liddell, Jan Blaxter, Pam Stephens, Marion Versteeg and Nicky Jarvis. The organisers thanked the many businesses and individuals who contributed prizes.  

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