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80’s night to be a blast from the past

By Mark Beale

THINK curly perms, pearly lipstick, double denim, leg-warmers and puffball skirts. Add a dash of Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Duran Duran and a sprinkling of Wham on top and that’s the ’80s.

Tomorrow, Friday, November 21, Airlie Beach will be stepping back in time to this decade of new romance when we learned to ‘Relax’ and ‘Choose Life’.

The ’80’s Night, to be held at the Anchor Bar, will be a celebration of music and fashion – all for a good cause.

Funds raised from the evening will go towards stage two of the Logan’s Adventure Playground, a project that has been three years in the making and aims to provide Whitsunday children with a fun and challenging outdoor play space.

Playground co-ordinator Kellie Chart said the amount of money raised would determine how big the committee could go with stage two, so she encouraged as many people as possible to support tomorrow’s event.

“People have been having so much fun putting their costumes together – it’s pretty easy – just head to the op shop and think about TV shows like Dallas and Dynasty or pop icons like Boy George, Cyndi Lauper and Michael Jackson, or even the ‘brat-pack’ movie stars,” she said.

The evening, which includes a cocktail, buffet dinner and a DJ playing all the best ’80’s tracks, will also feature a ‘slave auction’ where attendees can bid for two hours worth of local MP’s George Christensen and Jason Costigan and Ray White Whitsunday principal Mark Beale’s time.

Ms Chart said local businesses had been very generous in donating prizes for the night’s other auction and raffles.

“There’s so much up for grabs – accommodation, charter boat and reef trips, restaurant vouchers, photo shoots and local artwork – everything really,” she said.

Tickets to The ’80’s Night cost $60 and can be booked in advance over the counter at the Anchor Bar or via

For more information about the playground project visit


What: The ’80’s Night

For: Logan’s Adventure Playground

Where: Anchor Bar

When: Friday, November 21

Doors open: 6.30pm

To book:

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