British entertainer Si Cranstoun and Miss Kitten Darling were cruising around in a vintage Mustang checking out the car talent.
British entertainer Si Cranstoun and Miss Kitten Darling were cruising around in a vintage Mustang checking out the car talent. Blainey Woodham

Festival may lure 100,000

"BY golly, isn't it huge?"

Cooly Rocks On CEO Bob Newman was overwhelmed yesterday, answering phone call after phone call, pulling everything together for the enormous grand finale weekend beginning today.

His hard work, along with the endless hours put in by the committee, has not been in vain.

Classic cars and hot-rods have been pulling into town over the last week, and dancers are hitting the streets with their shoes polished and their red lips perfectly pouted.

Mr Newman said all the preparations had been completed, and the success of the festival lay in the hands of the gods.

"All we need is to pray the gods are kind to us and 80,000 to 100,000 people will not be out of the question," he said.

The Daily News hit Marine Pde yesterday with headline act Si Cranstoun and pin-up model Miss Kitten Darling.

Cranstoun was stopped every few steps with people asking questions and diving for pens.

"I try to lean on the best of both worlds, and combine the energy of today's music with the sentiment, melody and vocal delivery that existed in the '50s and '60s," Mr Cranstoun said.

Don't miss him at the Cooly Hotel at the weekend. Marine Pde and Griffith St will be closed to traffic all today and tomorrow for the street party.



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