Kingscliff RSL moves

WHILE the Kingscliff RSL sub-branch has a lot of history in their old club, they are ready to make even more in their new room at the Cudgen Leagues Club.

Members of the group officially opened their new home on Friday afternoon with a special presentation and a honouring of members Brian Vickery and Joseph Peoples, who both received the Medal of the Order of Australia for the Queen's Birthday Honours List earlier this month for their services to the country.

“We have been planning the opening of this new club room for months, and we certainly didn't know that Joseph and I were both receiving the awards at that point,” Mr Vickery said, who is also the vice-president of the sub-branch.

“Friday was a very nice way to open the club and we both enjoyed the recognition.”

The Kingscliff RSL sub-branch was previously established in a building on Kingscliff Street owned by the Kingscliff Bowls Club.

“The bowls club has always been good with us and they didn't put any pressure on us whatsoever when they told us that down the track they would be developing the land the sub-branch was on,” Mr Vickery said.

“We've always had a good relationship with them and they were very helpful in our move.”

Work on the relocation began in September last year.

The move included the mounting and preservation of memorabilia and photographs for the new club room.

Mr Vickery said the new room will mean less work for the members.

“The change to the new club is good because the majority of our members are in their 80s now and the less work we have to do on maintaining things the better. All we have to care for now is the interior of the room and not a whole building,” he said.

Tweed MP Geoff Provest officially opened the club room with a special gift to commemorate the opening - a vile of sand from Gallipoli Beach with nine medals crafted from metal found at Gallipoli.

“It was a very generous gift,” Mr Vickery said.

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