The scandalous Lola Montez has caught the eye of Deniliquin locals, with only a handful of tickets still available for the outrageous showgirl’s production to be held tonight.
At the time of going to print yesterday, there were just 20 tickets remaining for the the production — The Exotic Lives of Lola Montez — which tells the tale of the ‘‘wildest girl in town’’, an Irish-born Spanish dancer who became one of the most famous international entertainers.
It was written by former Deniliquin woman Jackie Smith, and the performance will be held at the Peppin Heritage Centre tonight from 7.30pm.
The hour-long show stars award winning actress and direct descendant of Lola, Caroline Lee, as well as Parisian dancer Holly Durant. Before the show, there will be a champagne soiree supper at The Crossing Cafe.
For $50, guests can experience the full package, including the performance and supper at The Crossing. Tickets for the show only are $30, while a concession is also available for $25. Tickets can be purchased at The Crossing, Peppin Heritage Centre, Peppin Planners and South West Arts.
Vietnam Vets ceremony
Deniliquin will mark Vietnam Veterans’ Day with a special ceremony at the Deniliquin Cenotaph this morning, from 11am.
It will be hosted by the Deniliquin RSL Sub-branch, and everyone is welcome to attend.
Vietnam Veterans’ Day is the anniversary of Australia’s most significant campaign in Vietnam — the Battle of Long Tan — in 1966.
It was the largest single unit battle fought in Vietnam by Australian troops, and the first major conflict for Australians who had only joined the war effort a few months earlier.
Former Deniliquin man Chris Angel got the chance to relive a memorable part of his childhood recently ... in a Melbourne suburb.
Chris came across a factory in Chesterville Rd, Moorabbin where Deniliquin’s Scott’s Park rocket was built.
Similar rockets to the one still popular with youngsters in west Deniliquin were found at the Melbourne factory, which Chris enjoyed showing his children Jake and Tyler.
And they were still fitted with some of the ‘bells and whistles’ that have since been removed from the local play equipment.
‘‘If you look closely at the top of the rocket you’ll see both steering wheels (like the ones) that used to clang and bang when we were kids and echo out across Deni,’’ Chris said.
Huge council interest
The 17 candidates for Edward River Council received at the close of nominations last week has been considered a strong field, but the local interest has been well and truly eclipsed.
Even the huge interest in the new Federation Council — which has 42 candidates — has been overshadowed by mainly city and coastal councils.
There were 1938 nominations overall for the 45 councils participating in the September 9 election.
Central Coast Council topped the list with 94 candidates vying for 15 council seats.
Other councils to record large candidate numbers include Orange (88); Queanbeyan-Palerang (80); Georges River (72); Inner-West (70); and Mid-Coast (69).
Electoral Commission NSW data shows Murrumbidgee Council was the only council to have automatic election, with only the minimum required number of candidates received in its Jerilderie and Murrumbidgee East wards.
At Jerilderie, former Jerilderie Shire councillors Ruth McRae, Gaila Smith and Faith Bryce filled the three available seats.
Former Murrumbidgee Shire councillors Austin Evans, Robert Black and Christine Chirgwin were all automatically elected in Murrumbidgee East, while six candidates will vie for the remaining three seats on the council in the Murrumbidgee ward.
Daffodil Day next week
How time flies! It is Daffodil Day on Friday, August 25 and there will be daffodils available for sale at the Cressy St Kiosk in Deniliquin on that day from 8.30am.
There will also be other merchandise available, including pins, pens and large and small teddy bears.
The annual sale of raffle tickets has already begun, with sales in the foyer of Central IGA Deniliquin.
On Daffodil Day, tickets will also be available at the kiosk and at My Shop in Napier St, Deniliquin, where owner Denise Phillips will host her traditional morning tea.
Prizes include fuel cards valued at $200 donated by Purtills, an Oz Trail sleeping bag donated by Deni Home and Leisure and a voucher from Nicki’s Home Hairdressing.
The morning tea at My Shop will run from 10am to 12. Fresh daffodils and other merchandise can also be purchased at the shop.