Shirley Wilson under the new Kindy Beach sign.
Shirley Wilson under the new Kindy Beach sign. Contributed

Kindy Beach on the map

KINDY Beach is now official.

For many years, some locals have affectionately known this little sheltered beach at the bottom of Trevally St, Tin Can Bay, as Kindy Beach.

The title first became accepted by locals who, in days gone by, would witness a long line of children from the kindergarten firmly holding on to a long length of rope to keep them in order and being led across the road to the beach for a paddle or swim.

This would have been a sight to see, but more so to hear their little voices crying "Oo-ah, oo-ah!" as they crossed the hot bitumen in their bare feet. It was said that if they all sang this out loud in unison, it would keep their minds off the pain.

On Tuesday, a sign was unveiled and little Kindy Beach finally became official - a proud and historic moment - and very emotional surprise - for Shirley Wilson, who operated the kindy in Trevally St in the early days.

The idea for the sign placement and ceremony was instigated by Shirley's daughter Fiona and assisted by Gympie councillor Mark McDonald who was disappointed he was unable to attend the unveiling as he was stuck at a meeting in Gympie. The entire set-up was a total surprise for Shirley, who was overwhelmed.

Among those who gathered to witness the unveiling and also worked at the kindy in those early days was Loretta Benstead and another unable to attend was Lorraine Bishop. Two others involved in the kindy's beach walks were Linda McLeod and Lynn Sanchez.

Gympie Times


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