Record number of rockin’ revellers at festival
RECORD attendance numbers and a rockin' good time combined to make this year's Cooly Rocks On particularly special.
Officials estimate over 80,000 people visited the '50s and '60s nostalgia festival, with numbers possibly reaching 100,000.
CEO of the Cooly Rocks On Management Committee Bob Newman said it was "fantastic" to see the festival growing every year.
"This was the most successful Cooly Rocks On ever," he said.
"Without a shadow of a doubt.
"No official numbers but I'd say about 80,000 to 100,000."
Mr Newman said the number of vintage cars displayed at the festival this year was also impressive.
"There was around 1300," he said.
"We went from 80 cars in Jack Evans Boat Harbour to 200 this year.
"And the new precinct in Kirra went really well."
Mr Newman didn't pause for a moment when asked to describe the highlight of Cooly Rocks On.
"The bulk of the crowd comes out on Saturday with the street parade," he said.
"That's the family pinnacle, followed closely by the car cruises.
"But Sunday was chock-a-block."
Mr Newman said the committee was determined to continue to grow the unique festival year by year.
"That's my aim, to continue to make it bigger and more successful," he said.
"It was a fantastic festival."
Yesterday marked the end of the glitz, the glamour and the polished chrome of the festival, until nostalgia returns to Coolangatta next year.