For Pete's Sake
October is here, spring has settled in, and Sitting Pretty has moved from present to past tense. Congrats to all involved in the show – I know the audience loved it the night I was there.
Of course, October is also the traditional time when our collective attention starts shifting from footy to other, apparently less important matters (eg cricket, Christmas, hayfever…). Having that “one day in September” happen in October was a bit odd, but, for those of us in the inner west, it certainly got the month off to a flying start!
I’ve been watching with interest the effects of the Doggies win in the grand final. Hasn’t it had an amazing effect on the local community. How good was it to see the entire area bedecked in red, white and blue – in shops, in schools, in pubs….. And the celebrations after the win were just amazing. The amount of people out joining in the celebrations was astounding (I’m sure I saw Lois Collinder in there partying amongst the crowd!)
I was really impressed with the way the club went about celebrating its success. The wonderful words and actions of the coach after the game will be remembered for a long time. They not only celebrated the players – they celebrated everyone’s achievement from the board, the staff, the members, the fans, and their club heroes and legends, past and present. It was a great example of the wonderful galvanising effect sport can play in a community.
And I think that’s what this year’s been about at WLT. The last of our 70th birthday events was held a couple of weeks ago and it’s capped off a great year of celebrations of everyone’s achievements and our contribution to the impact of the arts on our local community. Great stuff. Thank you to everyone who was involved.
As Jock says in David Williamson’s The Club: “Great names from a great club and you’ve got the honour of the tradition they’ve created resting right there in your hands”.
See you in the foyer!