Trouble-free new year

REVELERS packed pubs and clubs in Gympie and surrounds, Duffman was directing traffic and people were generally well behaved.

It was a good send off for 2011 by all accounts.

Not happy just to dress for the occasion plenty of people attending New Year's Eve functions in Gympie dressed up, with Gumby, Iron Man and even Duffman from the popular Simpsons cartoon walking the streets.

Duffman with his handy beer belt at the ready was seen in action pretending to direct traffic and generally help out with official duties where ever he could on the night.

In Gympie the Royal held a rocking beach party, a retro ball at Billy's was packed and jazz musician Lee Turner kept people entertained at the Freemasons.

Billy's owner Leslie Mitchell said there was not ounce of trouble on the night.

"It was great. We had a capacity crowd, the band was awesome. It was a great way to see in 2012," she said.

Meanwhile Tin Can Bay threw its own party and Gunalda partied with the Aliens - local band Native Aliens put on a show at the Gunalda Hotel supported by Parafanailya.

Gunalda Hotel publican Emma Maudsley said it was a loud New Year's Eve.

"We had an awesome party, lots of locals came out and people from the coast came up. There were two bands on and everybody was well behaved," she said.

It was standing room only at Gympie's RSL where popular lads Split Nickel entertained a well behaved crowd until 2am.

"Three days of merriment," is how Silky Oaks' Darryl Levy described seeing out 2011 and welcoming 2012.

"It was wonderful," he said of New Year's Eve. "I looked up at one stage and all the tables had girls dancing on them" - always a sign of a good night.

Gympie Times


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