Gordan and Glenis Baynton, Jill Ruig, Elke Dawson, Betty Rixon, Campbell Dawson, Andy Rixon and Jack Ruig.
Gordan and Glenis Baynton, Jill Ruig, Elke Dawson, Betty Rixon, Campbell Dawson, Andy Rixon and Jack Ruig. AMY FORMOSA

Aussies celebrate big day

DAMPER, lamingtons, Vegemite, the Aussie flag, snags on the barbecue, XXXX Gold cans, good company and Slim Dusty’s old favourites playing in the background.

Glendale’s Betty Rixon and her friends didn’t have a “raging Australia Day party” yesterday, but the group of mainly over 60-year-olds kept their backyard Aussie traditions going.

Since about six years ago the good mates have got together on Australia Day to celebrate all things Aussie.

And even though they never get too carried away, the “oldies” know how to make their own fun.

“A couple of years ago the first damper we cooked up on a fire turned out to be a dud, so we ended up using it for a damper throwing competition in the backyard,” Betty said.

Betty’s friend Glenis Baynton said they had their fair share of Australia Day beach parties at Yeppoon.

“Back in the 60s we jumped on the train and went down to Yeppoon. They had beach girl comps and sing along songs on the beach,” Glenis said.

Betty said years ago Australia Day was just another public holiday for her and her husband Andy.

“It wasn’t until we were inspired by our old neighbours that we started celebrating the day,” she said.

Although backyard cricket has become rare for Betty and her friends since the kids have grown up, they always play a game or two and yesterday it was darts.



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