Fest kicks off

WINTERSUN - the Gold Coast-Tweed's premier nostalgia rock n' roll festival - kicks off today with a staggering 50,000-plus visitors expected to descend on the Coolangatta-Tweed Heads area during the 10-day event.

Organisers say the groundwork has been laid for what promises to be the biggest and best '50s and '60s nostalgia festival since its inception 24 years ago.

The festival will be officially launched tonight at 7pm with the Gold Coast Airport Wintersun Ball at the Seagulls Club.

Throughout this week crowds will be entertained by top rock 'n' roll performers - and legends - at several locations including club and hotel venues.

Major events tomorrow include the Queensland Old Mal Championship early in the morning at Coolangatta Beach (surf conditions permitting) while Chris Cunningham Park at Tweed Heads will come alive with the Wintersun Fun Day from 11am featuring two stages for live entertainment with three live bands and a range of activities and displays for all the family.

Later in the park at 5.15pm, a free children's movie Scooby Doo Two, will be shown, followed by the fourth and final spectacular display in the Daily News/Twin Towns Fireworks Challenge at Jack Evans Boatharbour at 7pm.

On Sunday from 9am, the Wintersun CD Record and Collectors Fair at Showcase on the Beach, Coolangatta, is sure to draw many souvenir hunters.

Some of the legendary acts appearing at Wintersun this year include Australia's first pop king Normie Rowe, the Drifters, the Atlantics and La- tino rocker Chan Romero.

WANT to win a Wintersun Smart Card? It offers $350 value in vouchers for discounts at Wintersun 2005.

For the chance to win one of 10 smart cards, write your name, address and phone number on the back of an envelope and send it to:

Gold Coast Mail Wintersun Smart Card, PO Box 6336, Tweed Heads South 2486. Winners will be announced next week.

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