Cousins Peter Hoath and Noelene Polzin catch up at the dirranbandi reunion at the Blue Mountain Hotel.
Cousins Peter Hoath and Noelene Polzin catch up at the dirranbandi reunion at the Blue Mountain Hotel.

Dirranbandi lunch 60 years in the making

IT HAD almost been 60 years since Echuca resident Michael Potter and his sister Karen "Tootie" Potter, of Newcastle, had caught up with childhood friends from Dirranbandi.

Former residents of Dirranbandi have for some years been gathering for lunch at the Blue Mountain Hotel in Toowoomba simply to catch up and remember and laugh at old times.

Co-organiser of the twice-yearly lunch Barb Goodwin said the group used to phone around to find people but they have found Facebook as a handy tool to this end.

And, it was via Facebook that Mr Potter's wife Lorraine found out about the gathering and encouraged him to head to Toowoomba yesterday for the reunion.

"I took my younger brother on a tour last year and that included Dirranbandi," Mr Potter explained.

"We went into the pub and I heard a lady in the bar talking about a Facebook page regarding this.

"And my wife Lorraine got on Facebook and found the details.

"It's magic, it's brought back a lot of memories."

Mr Potter's sister Karen also enjoyed the gathering.

"It's been 56 years since I've caught up with these people," she smiled.

"Dirranbandi was a great place to grow up, it was like a big family and we all got on.

"I was only ever known there as Tootie and I was called that at school by the teachers and everybody."

About 70 people turned up for lunch, many travelling long distances to spend the afternoon catching up and reminiscing.

Mrs Goodwin said the next Dirranbandi lunch will be held in Toowoomba in six months.