Kingscliff Hotel duty manager Emma Brooker and staffer Alison Elrington promoting a special performance by Torque.
Kingscliff Hotel duty manager Emma Brooker and staffer Alison Elrington promoting a special performance by Torque. Blainey Woodham

Torque to generate fundraiser

A FORMER Tweed band will reunite for one night only to raise money for the family of fallen Kingscliff firefighter Andrew “Packy” Turnbull.

Cover band Torque regularly played at the hotel when Mr Turnbull did security work for them several years ago and have agreed to turn their reunion show into a fundraiser for their lost friend.

Kingscliff Beach Hotel will host the band next Friday December 11 from 8.30pm.

Torque drummer Luke McNally was friends with Mr Turnbull for five years.

“I was a firefighter at Tweed Heads and I had met him out on several jobs times. Torque was also playing at the Kingy Hotel where Packy was doing security,” Mr McNally said.

“We just sparked a friendship from that.

“All original band members are coming back for this. The singer is flying back from Western Australia just for this night.”

Torque covers bands including Pearl Jam, The Proclaimers, Green Day and Good Charlotte.

The band was originally together for four years.

Kingscliff Beach Hotel assistant manager Emma Brooker said it was an honour to host the event for Mr Turnbull.

“It’s great to see they’ve turned their reunion into a fundraiser for his family,” Ms Brooker said.

Mr Turnbull passed away while battling a grass fire at Fingal Head in October. He was just 35.

More than 1500 mourners gathered at the Cudgen Leagues Club for his funeral, where he received full firefighter honours.

Mr Turnbull left behind seven children, Aubrey, 20, Corey, 16, Christopher, 15, Benjamin, 13, Marcus, 8, Kaleb, 5, and his youngest, Kiara, who is only one year old.

A sportsman’s dinner for Mr Turnbull held last month raised about $20,000 for his family.



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