Sid passes on the baton
AFTER 10 years at the helm of the Tweed Links Music Club, Sid Cartlidge is putting away his microphone.
Sid, 78, of Tweed Heads, yesterday handed over to Bob Green the presidency of the club Sid founded and which has brought a lot of joy to the lives of elderly Tweed residents.
The music club attracts more than 100 people to its monthly shows at the Tweed Heads and Coolangatta Golf Club auditorium, with local and visiting performers also giving regular shows at local aged care centres.
The club has raised more than $10,000 for charities, from entry fees and donations at the monthly concerts, most recently for the Cancer Research Foundation and Tweed Hospital, with Murwillumbah Hospital a possible beneficiary in the near future.
Sid said that "old father time" had forced him to step down from the presidency, which had become a full-time volunteer job.
"We're a community-based club that gives money to charity and we put on some pretty good shows," Sid said.
He said the club was originally called the Links Organ Keyboard Club but had changed its name to encourage a wider variety of performers.
"We've got about 150 members, from Murwillumbah to Runaway Bay," Sid said.
The club's next concert at the golf club auditorium is on Sunday, February 4, 2005. Inquiries: ph (07) 5524 1961 or (07) 5536 7554.