Remembering Dan Black

Dan Black.
Dan Black.

INTERNATIONAL DJs will pump out the good vibes this Sunday night to celebrate the life of Kingscliff developer Dan Black who died last month.

Local stars and Mr Black's children, Sage, 12 and Savannah, 10 will also take to the stage at the family fun day that kicks off at the Cudgen Leagues Club from 3pm to pay tribute to the developer who brought two of the big banks back to village with his development Kingscliff Central.

“Dan was such a larger than life person and was a real visionary and passionate about providing the Kingscliff community with a new centre that would benefit them,” said organiser of the event and good friend Angela Adams.

“He was a well known face around town and he'll be missed for his big smile.”

The Pearl Street, Kingscliff Central development, which helped lure Westpac and the Commonwealth Bank back to Kingscliff, was completed earlier this year and was a pet project of Mr Black who had a vision to expand the project to connect with Marine Parade.

The son of developer and Tweed Heads Walk of Fame founder Alan Black and his wife Cheryl, started his working life as a chef to the rich and famous in America, before coming back to Australia to start a life with his childhood sweetheart Julianne, who he met at the age of 12 while attending Merrimac High School on the Gold Coast.

But his family and his town were not his only loves; with music being an important part of the 40-year-olds life.

Ms Adams said Mr Black was a talented percussionist and was a founding member of a drumming group made up of local musicians and would often perform at venues on the Tweed Coast.

“On a Sunday afternoon you could hear Dan and the guys from the drumming group banging their drums when they would get together at South Kingscliff Beach,” Ms Adams said, adding that is why music was such an important part of this Sunday's event.

While Ms Adams would not name the international DJs that will be performing at the event in the leagues club function room from 6pm, she said punters would be surprised that these acts have a close connection to Mr Black and his family.

Musician and best friend of Mr Black, Glen Coleman will also perform and acoustic set from 6pm.

Tickets for the event that will benefit Mrs Black and her children, cost $6 for adults before 6pm and $15 later, Children's entry is by donation and under 18s are welcome to attend.

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