Music legend gets Millicent crowd moving at Mayoral Cabaret

MOVERS and shakers from around the South East flocked to the Millicent Civic and Arts Centre on Saturday night to shake their tail feathers to one of the greats of Australian music.

Daddy Cool and Mondo Rock front man Ross Wilson entertained around 240 retro rock lovers with seminal classics such as Bom Bom, Come Back Again and Duke of Earl, many spinning their partners around with slick moves reminiscent of the ‘70s.

However, it was not until the distinctive opening riff of one of Australia’s most beloved rock anthems began that the entire crowd sang and stomped along to Daddy Cool’s debut single Eagle Rock.

ROCK ROYALTY: The Millicent Civic and Arts Centre was packed as a crowd of 240 converged at the Mayoral Cabaret to witness Australian musical great Ross Wilson take the stage on Saturday night.

Wattle Range Mayor Peter Gandolfi said the Mayoral Cabaret provided a great night out with the crowd enjoying the stylistic sounds of Ross Wilson along, with the South East band Steamboat Willie.

“They were very well received, the local band got people in the swing of things ahead of the main act,” Mr Gandolfi said.

“The dance floor was packed out and I think that shows that people really enjoyed themselves.”

The entertainment did not end between set breaks, with raffles, a wine auction and a poster of Daddy Cool signed by the original members of the band fetching $1350 towards the Leukaemia Foundation and the annual 5SE Give Me 5 For Kids Appeal.

“The two wine packages went for $500, but it was certainly a surprise to see the photo go for as high as it did,” Mr Gandolfi said.

“There were a couple of bidders who were pretty determined to get the poster and it’s a great result for a good cause.”

Friends of the Leukaemia Foundation catered a light supper to the musical masses while the Millicent Lions Club manned the door and bar, serving up a variety of beverages late into the night.

“The Lions did a tremendous job of the bar and it’s a real credit to the tireless work the club puts in to every event they’re involved in,” Mr Gandolfi said.

“A few of the guests stayed back to help clean up which was a great demonstration of community spirit.

LEGENDARY: The crowd danced late into the night at the Mayoral Cabaret on the weekend to the beat of former Daddy Cool and Mondo Rock frontman Ross Wilson. Picture: RAQUEL MUSTILLO

“Without the individuals helping out with the supper and the assistance of the sponsors, having a headline act like Ross Wilson in Millicent just wouldn’t be possible.”

While the total amount raised for the Leukaemia Foundation is still being calculated, Mr Gandolfi said the night had been profitable.

“The event was a very successful night and it demonstrates that Millicent can put on an event of a really high quality,” he said.

“All community members, volunteers and guests should be congratulated on enabling the event to be the success that it was.”

Raquel Mustillo

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