Throwback Thursday: March 27, 2007

Members of Mallee Blue say a fond farewell at the Murraylands Music Festival.
Members of Mallee Blue say a fond farewell at the Murraylands Music Festival.

From the archives of The Murray Valley Standard, March 27, 2007.

Blaze ravages club

We wanted to provide a bit of fun and laughter and forget about the (drought) issues.

Noel Kneebone

A fire in the storeroom of the Murray Bridge and District Community Club caused more than $150,000 damage on Sunday.

Metropolitan Fire Service senior fireman Daryl Kennett said crews were lucky to contain the fire to the storeroom.

Community Club manager Shane Barton-Ancliffe said the fire had devastated the club’s employees and patrons.

Moving farewell

After 12 years of performing, Mallee Blue said an emotional farewell to their fans at the Murraylands Music Festival on the weekend.

The group has decided to concentrate on family and lifestyle changes, but that didn’t stop them becoming somewhat glassy-eyed during their final performance.

“There were a few little tears shared between the group on stage,” band member Noel Kneebone admitted.

The festival was a fitting location for their final performance as the group launched their first CD in Tailem Bend, which went on to reach number one in the SAFM SA music industry charts.

Local hotels plan for ban

With a total indoor smoking ban on the horizon, changes are being made at Murraylands hotels to accommodate both smoking and non-smoking patrons.

“It’s an ongoing issue for the Bridgeport,” manager Matt Horton said.

“We will do whatever we can.”

Kookas’ trifecta

It was titled the “unloseable” grand final and Mannum ran out winners by 72 runs.

Meningie on day two had 75 overs and 178 to win but you just felt it was about 40 runs too many for the “one-man band”.

Richard Boscense (3) opened with Michael Greenwood (10), but at 12 controversy struck when the Kensington Kid hit one back to the bowler on the half volley, for which he thought he was out.

Walking off on appeal, the umpire gave him not out when Mannum decided to run him out. Boscense, short of his ground, was given out.

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This week in history

10 years ago: March 23, 2006

Morning Gold Eggs in Murray Bridge said a proposal to increase minimum cage sizes threatened its viability as a business.

20 years ago: March 26, 1996

Anti-corruption police began investigating the Ridley-Truro council after a ratepayers’ meeting took a vote of no confidence in it.

35 years ago: March 26, 1981

Tailem Bend’s manual telephone exchange closed after 70 years as it was replaced with an automatic STD facility.

70 years ago: March 22, 1946

About 4000 people attended the first post-war race meeting at the Murray Bridge Racing Club, far exceeding the committee’s expectations.