Membership fell further to 87.
January at the Willows saw the start of what was to become an annual event in the form of a visit by Tony Thomas and Geoff Speed of the Black Mountain Jazz Band, backed by our local musos Bob Porter, Bill McLean, John Moffatt and Walter Brunton.
Introduction of Members’ Attendance Jackpot Prize to encourage attendance, particularly at the less popular gigs.
The Black and White Ball had become something of a social event in Merimbula, with many non – member locals attending because it was the place to be seen. Many of the guests produced silver goblets, French champagne, and a quite elaborate meal. Club members spent the Saturday afternoon decorating the hall and tables and Twyford Hall was transformed into a fairyland of colour. With the great jazz bands selected to provide the music, it was definitely the event of the year for Club members.
Increasing funds meant that consideration could be given to employing more visiting musicians and the following were invited to play:
17th January – Tony Thomas & Geoff Speed (Black Mountain J.B.) with local backing – Willows.
28th March – Riverboat Rascals – Twyford Hall
16th April – Madam Pat and David Bates with Sapphire Coast Quartet – Willows.
18th October – Black & White Ball – Shakytown Strutters – Twyford Hall.
17th December – Christmas Party – all local musicians plus Pat Thompson and David Bates – Willows.