Wingham to host 2018 Diggers Ball

The 2018 Diggers Ball committee meeting at the Wingham Museum. From left Terry Gould, Kathie Bell (Secretary), George Hoad, Bronwen Gault (Treasurer), Mave Richardson (Chair), Terry Tournoff.
The 2018 Diggers Ball committee meeting at the Wingham Museum. From left Terry Gould, Kathie Bell (Secretary), George Hoad, Bronwen Gault (Treasurer), Mave Richardson (Chair), Terry Tournoff.

One hundred years after the end of World War I the Manning Valley Historical Society is organising a special commemoration diggers ball to be held at the Wingham Memorial Town Hall on Saturday, September 29 this year.

Proudly supported by the Wingham RSL Sub-branch, the ball will honour all Australia`s defense and peace-keeping service men and women up to present times.

The Wingham Town Hall was funded by the community and officially opened on April 2 ,1924.

An annual diggers ball was held from then on until the late 1950`s.

The 2018 Diggers Ball will be the first such ball to be held since that time.

A committee has been established to organise the event which will feature music, dancing and entertainment, reflecting a century of changing times.

It will be a very special community event for adults of all ages.

“Whether you dance or not, come along and enjoy watching the spectacle. You will not be disappointed,” said committee chair, Mave Richardson.

“This is all about our communities of Wingham and the Manning Valley coming together to pay tribute to those who have gone before, and those who are still out there, protecting democracy,” she added.

Plans include involving local children, young people, and community organisations.

The committee would welcome volunteers who would like to help out.

If you wish to volunteer, phone Mave on 6553 5412.

For now, the committee encourages everyone to save the date.

For further information visit the Manning Valley Historical Society website: winghammuseum.com.au