Flashback 1971: The Clifton Rest Home is was officially opened in Port Macquarie

Proud day: Harry Hutchison, chairman of directors of the Clifton Rest Home speaks at the opening, 1971. Photo: supplied by Port Macquarie Museum.

Proud day: Harry Hutchison, chairman of directors of the Clifton Rest Home speaks at the opening, 1971. Photo: supplied by Port Macquarie Museum.

Clifton Rest Home Opened

A local project built by locals and financed by locals - the Clifton Rest Home - was officially opened on Tuesday last. The opening was performed by the Member for Oxley, Mr Bruce Cowan, MLA.

A large crowd of over 200 people, including many visiting parliamentarians and leading local dignitaries, were present for the occasion. Mr Cowan thanked the Board of Directors for their initiative and foresight in providing such an amenity for Port Macquarie.

"I have opened many local government projects with great satisfaction, but there is no greater thrill for me than to officially open something that has been provided by private enterprise," Mr Cowan said.

The newly opened Clifton Rest Home, 1971.

The newly opened Clifton Rest Home, 1971.

"This rest home is not only something great for Port Macquarie, but for the state also. One of the great changes of modern times is the need to look after the aged people in the community and in Port Macquarie 20 per cent of the population are over 60, compared to 10 per cent for the whole of Australia.

"The reason for so many old people in Port Macquarie must come from what the town has to offer, you have a wonderful climate, scenic views, first-class amenities, and most of all, nice people.

"This new rest home must give great satisfaction to the board who instituted it, and to all the local tradesmen who have worked on it."

Mr and Mrs Don Pitkin seated to the right at the Clifton Rest Home opening, 1971.

Mr and Mrs Don Pitkin seated to the right at the Clifton Rest Home opening, 1971.

Dinner Dance Success

The Roaring Twenties dinner dance held by the Port Macquarie Chamber of Commerce last Friday night was an outstanding success. Over 60 guests attended the function which was held at the El Paso Restaurant.

Everyone was dressed Roaring '20s fashion, and a wonderfully gay atmosphere prevailed throughout the night.

The Portside 4 entertained the guests until12.30 pm and then Warwick St Clair provided '20s style records so that the dancing could continue.

Past International Director of Lions, Mr Bill Parsons presents international awards to Brian Drewitt and Vic French, 1971.

Past International Director of Lions, Mr Bill Parsons presents international awards to Brian Drewitt and Vic French, 1971.

Mr Bill Parson, secretary of the Chamber, presented necklaces to women wearing the best garters. Bob Hazelwood, the proprietor of the restaurant, presented a magnum of champagne to the best dressed couple. Dr H. Hodgson and his daughter Lucy; Ken and Margaret Wilson shared this prize.

Lions Club Installation Dinner

At a very enjoyable installation dinner last Friday night, Allan Mettam continued in the position of president of the Port Macquarie Lions Club.

The dinner was held at the Golf Club with a large number of guests in attendance. Installation of officers for the coming year was carried out by district governor Stuart Willis.

On behalf of the Lions ladies, Mrs Mettam presents a cheque to her husband, Alan Mettam, Port Macquarie Lions Club president, 1971.

On behalf of the Lions ladies, Mrs Mettam presents a cheque to her husband, Alan Mettam, Port Macquarie Lions Club president, 1971.

Mr Mettam reported to members on the club's last 12 months. Members worked a total of 1530 hours to support Lions Club and other community projects.

Money raised during the year totalled $1760, a figure much less than anticipated. The joint air pageant with the Flying Club on Easter Sunday was conducted on the most perfect summer's day with missed gate takings due to perfect beach and surf conditions. The Art Union conducted in aid of the Senior Citizens' Welfare Committee proved more difficult than anticipated.

Mr Mettam mentioned the untiring efforts of members, Lions ladies and other citizens who assisted. Donations were made to the Eye Clinic at Taree and Senior Citizens' Club.

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Some of those members of the local community who attended the Clifton Rest Home opening, 1971.

Some of those members of the local community who attended the Clifton Rest Home opening, 1971.

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