Makybe?s a shoe-in
By MURRAY SIMPSON
MAKYBE Diva put her best foot forward last night - straight into a slab of wet concrete.
The moment was accompanied by great fanfare outside Twin Towns Services Club in Tweed Heads where the triple Melbourne Cup winner was inducted into the Australian Walk of Fame.
A star-studded cast was also on hand for the induction, including Max Bygraves, Wayne "Rabbit" Bartholomew, rugby league's Laurie Daley and rocker Normie Rowe.
Makybe Diva did not actually make the trip north to take part in the event, but organisers had the next best thing - a set of specially made casts of the superhorse's front feet.
Chairman of the Australian Walk of Fame Committee Alan Black said a special trip was made south to Geelong two weeks ago to obtain the precious casts.
"She took it in her stride," said Mr Black when it came to plonking her front hooves in the cast.
"She behaved beautifully."
Makybe Diva will take pride of place alongside a pantheon of Australian legends in the walk of fame near the Johnny O'Keefe statue.
Mr Blake said a little induction ceremony was performed at Geelong before heading home with the casts.
"Once the casts have left their imprint in the cement they will be auctioned off," he said.
Mr Blake says the intention is to create a walk of fame that will outshine Hollywood's.
Last night's line-up of luminaries all did their bit by leaving their handprints permanently etched in concrete.
A musical number by Max Bygraves accompanied proceedings.
And many more are planned, said Mr Black.
Dawn Fraser has promised to co-operate when she arrives on March 30 to take part in a monster charity golf tournament at the Coolangatta-Tweed Golf Club.
Up to 30 celebrities will take part in the two-day event and it will be an opportunity to add to the walk of fame's collection.
They will include league legend Wally Lewis and golf pioneer Norman Von Nida.