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18 April 2001

Crazy legs to swing in the Ridge

On July 28 Lightning Ridge will explode into life when Australia's premier swing band comes to town.

Swing City is coming to Lightning Ridge to perform with exciting young vocalist Catherine Hunter and the Crazy Legs jitterbug dancers, at the Gala Awards Night of the Federation 2001 Opal Jewellery Design Awards and Exhibition.

Swing City is led by legendary drummer John Morrison who has co-led big bands with his brother James Morrison for over 20 years. The band's line up includes the cream of Australia's young musicians. Despite having played at events such, as the Sydney 2000 Olympic opening ceremony, the band can't wait to visit Lightning Ridge.

"The band is really looking forward to playing at the Awards, and to experiencing the borebaths!" said booking agent Alana Hay recently.

Coordinator of the Opal Jewellery Design Awards Association(OJDAA),Jenni Brammall, started making inquiries about Swing City three months ago."Being such a high-profile band I didn't really expect that they would be available, or that we could afford them," said Jenni.

"But once I started to get positive messages from the band's booking agents, and realised that the cost was only a couple of thousand dollars beyond what we usually expect to pay for a band in Lightning Ridge, I started to get excited and decided to really try and make it happen.

"I want to raise the profile of the Opal Jewellery Design Awards," said Jenni, "and bring the people of Lightning Ridge a top class act and the night of their lives.

"The dream became a reality when Lightning Ridge Bowling Club agreed to pay the bulk of costs of engaging the band.

"We're really grateful to the club for their support - and we know it's going to be a great thing for them too,"Jenni said.

John Morrison's Swing City will cap off what is looking to be the night of the year in Lightning Ridge. Other special guests will include members of Australia's national women's basket-ball team, the Opals; artist and writer Jack Absolom; and designer Kazuo Ogawa who will travel from Japan to join the judging panel for the opal jewellery design awards.

Tickets for the Gala Awards Night of the Federation 2001 Opal Jewellery Design Awards and Exhibition on July 29, and for the Awards Cocktail Party on July 26, can be purchased now at the OJDAA office in the LRMA building, Morilla Street,Lightning Ridge.

Tickets cost $20 each for the cocktail party, $55 each for the Gala Awards Night, or $65 for a combined ticket to both events.

Last year's presentation night was sold out in advance so early booking is advised.

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