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‘The fire has been lit’: Anzac Day tradition continues to grow

‘The fire has been lit’: Anzac Day tradition continues to grow

‘The fire has been lit’: Anzac Day tradition continues to grow Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
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Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

TweetFacebook Anzac Day at West Wallsend, 2018Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Pictures: Jonathan CarrollAs the centenary of World War Idraws to a close, organisers of West Wallsend’sAnzac Day service believe the milestone anniversary has lit a spark that will help keep commemorations strong in communities across the nation.

The town’s Anzac Day service has had a resurgence in the past six years, organisers say, after four decades without a commemorative event on April 25.

Read more:Digger’s ribbon bar lost at Merewether Anzac Day service

The area around West Wallsend’swar memorial –which features a statue of a Digger affectionately known as Old Snowy –was packed on Wednesday morning despite the rain, as people gathered to march, lay a wreath and pay their respect.

Bob Skelton–a bush poet known around town as The Minmi Magster–recited a piecehe had written as a nod to the iconic Australian Army slouch hat.

“They’ve been worn with passion and pride/ All over this troubled world/Wherever our Aussie flag/ Has proudly been unfurled,” he read.

Retired Army Reserve Major John Doigis the junior vice president of West Wallsend Workers Club, which organised and hosted the commemoration.

Read more:How the Hunter marked Anzac Day 2018

He said the Anzac Day service atWest Wallsend had grown in recent years, “resurrected after having ceased for some time”.

“Country-wide I think there’s been a big resurgence,” he said.

“I think the emphasis placed in the last four years has sowed the seed in the community and I think the fire has been lit.

“We do need to keep that going.”

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Thousands in Perth for Anzac dawn service

Thousands in Perth for Anzac dawn service

Thousands gathered at the Kings Park State War Memorial in Perth for the Anzac Day dawn service.Cath Burton has been coming to the Anzac Day dawn service at Perth’s Kings Park with her husband for about 40 years.
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This year, they were joined by their son and grandchildren.

Both of Ms Burton’s uncles, aged 21 and 25, were killed in World War II – one by a sniper in New Guinea while the other was shot down over the English channel.

“Imagine being in those trenches, up to your knees in mud,” Ms Burton told AAP on Wednesday.

“So we don’t complain about getting up early.”

Joe and Jamie McBain brought two-year-old Gordon to his first Anzac Day dawn service, dressed in a little warm suit with a poppy.

“We want him to uphold the honour, dignity and respect of those that lost their lives and we want him to know about it,” his mother said.

Crowd numbers were down slightly this year at the Kings Park State War Memorial service, with about 30,000 people in attendance.

Brigadier Peter Moore told the crowd that Anzac Day was about remembering and honouring those who have served their country.

“We are not here to glorify war,” he said.

“We are here to reflect on the almost incomprehensible sacrifice of so many young lives in so many conflicts that Australia has been involved in and recognise the service of all.”

“Little did the soldiers who landed on April 25, 1915 imagine what they were embarking on would become the thing of legend.”

Brigadier Moore also acknowledged those who continue to serve.

“Freedom only survives as long as there are people who are willing to defend it,” he said.

“This is the Anzac spirit handed down to us and is ours to pass on to future generations.”

Among the dignitaries at the dawn service who laid a wreath was West Australian Deputy Premier Roger Cook and WA Governor Kerry Sanderson.

Mr Cook said he was pleased to see so many young people at the ceremony.

“I think it’s an opportunity for all of us to think about individual sacrifice of the young men and women, but it’s also an opportunity for us to talk about our humanity and our expressions of freedom and the values that come with it,” he told reporters.

After the dawn service, there was an Aboriginal corroboree and Maori haka performance.

It was the first time such a tribute was held involving both cultures.

Australian Associated Press

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Newcastle-raised superstar sets the bar highPHOTOS, VIDEO

Newcastle-raised superstar sets the bar highPHOTOS, VIDEO

Newcastle-raised superstar sets the bar high | PHOTOS, VIDEO Making Headlines: Basketball star Ben Simmons on the cover of Men’s Health.
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Ben Simmons and dad Dave Simmons when Ben played for the Newcastle Hunters.

Ben Simmons with an old Newcastle Hunters jersey.

Ben Simmons in Newcastle in 2015 when he played a match for Louisiana State University at Newcastle Basketball Stadium at Broadmeadow. Picture: JONATHAN CARROLL

Dave Simmons in Newcastle in 2015.

Ben Simmons in 2014 with Box Hill Senior Secondary College head coach Kevin Goorjian. Photo:Eddie Jim

Ben Simmons playing for the Philadelphia 76ers.

TweetFacebookMen’s Health magazine.

Topics must admit that we hadn’t been paying too much attention to Simmons, who was raised in Newcastle and now plays for the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA.

But Newcastle Herald sports editor Robert Dillon grabbed our attention on Saturday when he wrote that Simmons was being compared to superstars like Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and LeBron James.

Making Headlines: Basketball star Ben Simmons on the cover of Men’s Health.

Then in one of those meaningful coincidences, we noticed Simmons on the magazine cover.

The article touched on the 21-year-old’s determined personality and ambition towinan NBA championship.

“You’ve got to set the bar high,” Simmons told Men’s Health.

“If you don’t set it high, you’re not aiming high enough, honestly. That’s the way I’ve thought since I came over here for high school.”

The article documented what Simmons had achieved in his career.

“The number one high school player in America – tick. The number one college player in America – tick. Selected number one in the 2016 NBA draft – tick. Now putting up historic rookie numbers to help propel the 76ers into the playoffs – tick.”

Simmons isthe son of former Newcastle Falcons forward and Hunter Pirates coach Dave Simmons.

The youngest of six kids, Ben Simmonswas born in Melbourne. Hisfamily moved to Newcastle when he was 18 months old.

Helearned to play basketball at Broadmeadow and becameaNewcastle Hunters junior,while his father coached the Pirates,former Herald journalistBrett Keeble wrote in 2014.

Simmons said at the time that he consideredNewcastle one of his homes.

“I’ve got a lot of homes now. I kind of look at Australia as home, not just Melbourne, because I lived in Newcastle for a lot of my life.

“I still keep in contact with a few people I went to school with and played basketball with, so I’m still good friends with them.

“That’s my earliest memories of basketball, playing in the Newcastle Hunters gym. I’d definitely love to come back when I have time, for sure.”

Simmons is 206cm (6’10) tall.Heearns about AU$8 million a season.

At age 19, he signed afive-yeardeal with Nike worth about US$20million.

Afterhe signed the deal, he appeared on The Tonight Show, where host Jimmy Fallon joked that he had “more millions than years ofyour life”.

USA Today reported thatSimmons was the number one target for Nike and Adidas.

“Final offers from both companies were higher than the original offers,” the article said.

“Adidas made a serious push and appealed to Simmons’ personality with personalised videos featuring DJ Khaled and Pusha T.

“Simmons was given the five-star treatment in a day-long session at Nike where he met with several people from multiple departments.”

He had previously signed deals with Foot Locker, Beats by Dre and Upper Deck, the story said.

On the web program, Kneading Dough, Simmons was asked when he realised hislife had changed financially.

His reply: Taxes.

He was also asked about the purchase he regretsmost since becoming a millionaire.

“There’s a few things,” he said, laughing.

“I had two savannah cats. It was a bad purchase,” he said, adding that they cost him $10,000.

Asked why he bought them, he said: “I just love animals”.

Simmonshas since taken steps to become smarter about managing his money.

He said the best business decision he’dmade was “firing my first financial advisor”.

Money aside, he saidhe wants tohelp use his profile to build basketballin Australia.

The Naming GameA high-profilesuperannuation fund for the mining sector, whichmanages $11 billion, has had another name change.

The Newcastle-based fund was previously known asAUSCOAL Super.

Then in 2015,tapping into the wellness trend, it changed its name toMine Wealth + Wellbeing.

Topics understands that miners were soon being spottedregularly at yoga studios, gyms andjuice bars.

Wordis, clean eating became a regular topicof conversation down the pit. Workers snacked on goji berries, kale chips and chia-seed pudding.

But, as everyone knows, trends change. Sometimes people get into something new, before returning to who they were originally.

Perhaps that’s what happened here because the super fund announced this weekthat it had changed its name toMine Super.

Now that’s a good-old, stock-standard name.

“Our transformation from Mine Wealth + Wellbeing into Mine Super reflects a renewed dedication to our heritage and our refreshed purpose and vision,” the fund said in a media release.

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Kotara High School continues to Aim High

Kotara High School continues to Aim High

TRIP THROUGH TIME: Top right, children enter school in 1969; clockwise right, an aerial shot of the school in 1988, courtesy of Ed Tonks; note the lack of multi-purpose facility which was opened in 1997 and visible in the aerial photo, left, of the school in 2018.Long-serving Kotara High School staff members Joanne Newton and Sharron Campbell reflect on their time at KHS. POPULAR FIGURES: Office member Sharron Campbell and English teach Joanne Newman.
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Joanne Newton has been a classroom teacher at KHS since 1976 teaching English, (at all levels), Ancient History and Modern History, and junior classes in these subjects.

“I have done two stints as a Year Adviser, (12 years),” she said.

“You meet the incoming students when they are in Year 6, introduce them to high school life, watch them grow and then see them leave, usually in Year 12, when they have completed their studies and are ready to move into a new phase of life.

“I have also spent quite a few years as the Girls’ Adviser. These latter roles allow you to see the individuals beyond the class situation.”

Jo’s first impressions of KHS back in 1976 were not misleading at all.

“I walked into a school I had never seen before but was impressed that it was near a large shopping precinct, a fact over which I and my close colleagues continue to be enthusiastic,” she quipped.

“Several students willingly escorted me to the main office. This helpfulness and friendliness has not changed.”

Jo says the school site was as it is now, apart from the construction of the Multi Purpose Centre and the new Administration Block, which borders Lexington Parade.

How long did she expect to stay?

“Well this has become a classic joke,” she said.“Ihoped to win Lotto, still do. Still waiting, therefore still teaching. I think all teachers have such dreams, and we are allowed to have them.”

When asked about major changes she has seen, Jo is quick to identify technology.

“Wi-Fi connectivity has been excellent,” she said.“Students and teachers have at their fingertips a wealth of ideas and information in real time.We can also inter-connect with each other, pose ideas, ask questions and stay in touch beyond school time. The installation of inter active white boards have been great too.

“School uniforms, have become far more comfortable and sensible.”

The building of the Multi-Purpose Centre was a real step forward.

“Try holding school dances and other special events and assemblies in the main quad or school canteen!!!” she declared.

She also mentions the erection of a fence around the school perimeter as marking a point in time when society changes and schools change with it.

Jo is proud of theacademic, creative and sporting successes of KHS students and the way parents and the local communities support the school, its achievements and needs.

“We have had ex students compete in both the Olympic and Commonwealth Games, professional sports, they have become musicians and composers in a wide range of genres, actors, artists, and a large number have also gone on to higher university studies: doctorates, honours, PHD’s, lecturing, teaching. she observed.

“All areas of the world have been infiltrated by KHS students.”

Looking back over the journey, Jo has enjoyed the ride and the experiences that have come with it.

“No two days are the same and all classes and the students have something to offer themselves, each other and the teacher,” she said.

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Weekend Planner: April 28-29, 2018

Weekend Planner: April 28-29, 2018

SATURDAYAustralian Beach Games + Free Food Truck Carnival Saturday and Sunday, Nobbys Beach, Newcastle. Register to take part in more than 15 sports played on and around the beach or just bringthefamily and enjoy the activities on offer. Beach party; food trucks; an outdoor movie; live music; beach bars; sports bars withpinball, table tennis, darts and more; carnival rides.
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Southern Cross Model Yacht Racing Day11.30am to 3pm,Walka Water Works,Scobies Lane, Oakhampton. Southern Cross Model Yacht Club Inc members race R10R radio-controlled yachts. All welcome.

Paddock Sessions WollombiTaer Angwidd Farm, 19 Narone Creek Road, Wollombi. Gates open 11am, music from 1pm. Shane Nicholson; This Way North; Tori Forsyth and more. Families welcome.

Street Feast Newcastle 4pm to 8pm, Foreshore Park, Newcastle East. Food; fire shows; live music.

Supercars Community Fun Day 10am to 2pm, Civic Park, Newcastle. Top drivers will be signing autographs; car displays; live entertainment; face painting and jumping castles; sausage sizzle.

Superhero Fest 10am to 2pm, Charlestown Square. Superhero face painting; craft; fun activities and sports.

Morpeth Market Day10am to 4pm, Swan Street Morpeth.Bargains;boutique shopping; unique gifts and food.

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 10am to 11am, Foreshore Park, 32 Wharf Road, Newcastle East. All welcome.

Coalfields American Motorcyle Club of Australia Dementia Run 9am, Griffith Park, Stockton Foreshore.Helping Dementia Australia.

SUNDAYHunter Animal Rescue Cat Adoption Day 10am to 2pm, The Cat Store, Shop 11/175 Swan Street, Morpeth. Meetkittens and cats seeking adoption; raffle prizes to be won. Proceeds to Hunter Animal Rescue.

A Day on the Lawn Mercy Style9am to 2pm, Mercy Services Nursing Home, 24 Combo Lane, Singleton. Market stalls; entertainment;food; raffles; ajumping castle; classic cars and more.

Walk With Us11am to3pm,The Heritage Shed, Speers Point Park.A walk from Speers Point Park towards Warners Bay andreturn to raise awareness of suicide in our community. Organised by Lake Macquarie Suicide Prevention & Support Network.

Caves Beach Ocean Swim 9am to 3pm, swimmers assemble at Caves Beach Surf Lifesaving Club for pre-race registration and instructions.

Heart Week Walk –Weston 9.45am to 11am,Chinamen’s Hollow and Peace Park, 135 Cessnock Road, Weston.

Newcastle Record & CD Fair 9am to 4pm,Uniting Church Hall, Beaumont Street, Hamilton.

Dog Day Afternoon 2.0 12.30pm to 2pm, The Family Hotel, Newcastle West. Meet dogs needing homes through Dog Rescue Newcastle.

The Poetry Bomb 3.30pm to 6pm, Hudson Street Hum, 7 Hudson Street, Newcastle.

Animals in Art & Music 10am to 4pm, Newcastle Museum. An afternoon of live performances by Newcastle Youth Orchestraplus works by natural history illustrators from the University of Newcastle. Live music from 2pm.

SAVE THE DATEFlickerfest 2018 –Best of Australian Shorts comes to Peter Drayton’s Ironbark Hill Brewhouse, Pokolbin, on May 5. Cost $55 (films, wine tasting and food) or $20 (films only). Tickets and information at aroundhermitage南京夜网.au or by phoning 4998 7781.

MARKETSTwilight Markets Saturday, 3pm to 7.30pm, Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley,430 Wine Country Drive, Lovedale.

Lake Macquarie City Farmers Markets Saturday, 7.30am to 1pm, Speers Point Park.

Handmade in the Hunter MarketsSaturday, 9am to 3pm, Kevin Sobels Wines, Pokolbin.

Hamilton Clocktower MarketsSaturday, 9am to 2pm, James Street Plaza, BeaumontStreet, Hamilton.

Hunter Wine Country MarketsSaturday, 9am to 3pm, De Bortoli Wines, 532 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin.

Newcastle Flower MarketsSaturday, 9.30am to noon, 1 Rural Drive, Sandgate.

Hunter Street MarketsSaturday, 9am to 3pm, Hunter Street Mall, Newcastle.

Newcastle & Hunter Vietnam Veterans Inc. Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm, Wickham Park, Islington.

Adamstown LionsMarketsSunday, 7am to 12.30pm, corner Brunker and Glebe roads, Adamstown.

Newcastle City Farmers MarketSunday, 7am to 1pm, Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow.

Nelson Bay Legacy Markets Sunday, 8am to 2pm, Neil Carrol Park, Shoal Bay Road, Nelson Bay.

ARTGrossmann House Treasures of the Hunter Exhibition. Until May 20.

Wollombi Cultural Centre’s The Fireshed GalleryStitches In Time, by 4 Directions. Until May 6.

Cessnock Regional Art GalleryNights Watch Parliament, byTherese Gabriel Wilkins. Until May 6.

Lake Macquarie City Art GalleryFirst Class: First Decade. Until May 20.

Gloucester Gallery Nu Feminin, by Christopher Steele. Until May 20.

The University GalleryFrom The Studio, byImants Tillers. Until May 26.

The Lock UpjusticeINjustice, by Corinne Brittain, Rob Cleworth, Blak Douglas, John A Douglas, Leah Emery, Lezlie Tilley and Richard Lewer. Until May 20.

Art Systems WickhamFarbenfreude, by Werner Neumann. Until May 6.

Watt Space Gallery Head On Students,curated by ClareWeeks and James Murphy. Until May 13.

Maitland Regional Art GalleryThe Enlightening Journey of Mr Hugo Ball, by Andrew Finnie; A Whisker of Light, by Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison; Lamentation, by Karike Ashworth.End Sunday. Sonant Bodies, by James Hazel and Victoria Pham. Until May 13.Maitland International Salon of Photography; The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize 2017.Until May 20. Luminous Maitland; Stuart Scott. Until August 12.

Cooks Hill GalleriesWaterline, by Phil Stallard. Until April 30.

Port Stephens Community Arts CentreNelson BayQuilters Exhibition. Until May 22.

Newcastle Art GalleryElisabeth Cummings: Interior Landscapes. Ends Sunday. IN-FORM: Sculpture from the collection. Until May 13.

Newcastle Studio Potters & Back To Back GalleriesIn Pursuit of Meaning, byHeather Campbell and Naomi Wild. Until May 6.

Timeless TextilesForever Now, byBarbara Schey. Until May 6.

Gallery 139What Remains, by Jo Shand, Niomi Sands, Clare Hodgins, Gina McDonald, Peter Read, Shelagh Lummis, Dino Consalvo.Ends Sunday.

Newcastle MuseumSpiders; Transformations: Art of the Scott Sisters. Ends Sunday.

THEATREChurch Street DramasShort plays by Frank Oakes based on real events in houses in the title Maitland street, with audiences meeting in the street’s Brough House and then moving to each house. Presented by The Friends of Grossmann House and Maitland Repertory Theatre. Sunday at 4.30pm.

Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JrLively musical for young performers from Lewis Carroll’s novel. Young People’s Theatre, at its Hamilton theatre. Saturday at 2pm and 7pm.

The HollowA murder unexpectedly occurs when a woman invites eccentric people to visit her rural estate; thriller by Agatha Christie. Maitland Repertory Theatre, at its theatre. Saturday at 8pm.

JobReadyComedy, based on real-life stories, looking at people forced by Australia’s welfare system to take jobs for which they have no skills. Big Muscles Sad Heart Theatre, at the Royal Exchange, Newcastle. Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 5pm.

Perfect WeddingA bridegroom wakes in a hotel room on his wedding morning to find a girl in bed beside him; lively comedy by Robin Hawdon. Theatre on Brunker, at St, Stephen’s Church Hall, Adamstown. Saturday, dinner and show at 7pm, show only at 8pm (final week).

Summer of the Seventeenth DollTwo Queensland cane-cutters meet Melbourne girlfriends on their summer break; classic play by Ray Lawler. Newcastle Theatre Company, at the NTC Theatre, Lambton. Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm.

Ugly Mugs People affected by unexpected violence, including a a female sex worker and a girl who is hit on a footy field and has her bag stolen, look at how their lives were affected; Australian drama by Peta Brady. GNaW Theatre, at the Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Saturday, 2pm and 8pm.

MUSIC5 Sawyers Saturday, Devultra.Sunday, Prestige Inc.

Anna Bay TavernSaturday, Phonic Duo.Sunday, Mick Jones.

Australia Hotel CessnockSaturday, Sami Cooke.

Bar PetiteSaturday, Nano.

Battlesticks BarSaturday,Tim Rossington.Sunday, Little Cents.

Bay Hotel Bonnells BaySaturday, Rubber Bullet.

Beach HotelSaturday, Misbehave.

Bellbird HotelSaturday, Troy Kemp.

Belmont 16sSaturday, Anthology,Matt Gaudry,The Australian Bee Gees Show.Sunday, Rich & Famous.

Belmore HotelSaturday, Evergreen.

Beresfield Bowling ClubSaturday, Code Red. Sunday, Jumpin’ Jukebox.

The BradfordSaturday, Witchery.

Burwood InnSaturday,Nathan La Monaco.

Cambridge HotelSaturday, Rose Tattoo (main room),Lo!, Tired Minds, Burdened, Boudicca, Post Truth (side bar). Sunday, Skyepaint,Vast Hill,Foemen,Rachel Maria Cox.

Cardiff RSL ClubSaturday, The V Dubs.

Catho PubSaturday, Bob Allan.Sunday, Dirty Deeds – AC/DCShow.

Central Charlestown Leagues ClubSaturday, Anyerin.

Central HotelStroudSaturday, Ngariki.

Cessnock Leagues ClubSaturday, Solid Gold Party Night with Dave Cochrane.

Club CatalinaSunday, Cotton Sax and Strings.

Club LemonTreeSaturday, Barracuda.

Commercial Hotel MorpethSaturday, Acoustic Mayhem.

Criterion Hotel CarringtonSaturday, Robbie T. Sunday, Kim.

Crown & Anchor HotelSaturday, Emily Smith,DJ Z4KLND.

Customs HouseSaturday, Perry Carter. Sunday, Lauren Arms.

Cypress LakesSaturday, Hayden Johns.

D’Albora MarinaSunday, Mick Jones.

DashvilleSaturday-Sunday, The Gum Ball ft.Remi, Butterfingers, Rocket Science, The Aints, The Bamboos, Screamfeeder, Terra Lightfoot (CAN), Ben Salter, Dave Graney & The Coral Snakes, The Creepshow (US), Les Hotesses d’Hilaire (US), The Squirts (US), Hat Fritz & Cara.

Denman Hotel Sunday, Romney Watts.

Duke Of WellingtonSaturday, Prestige Inc.

East Cessnock Bowling ClubSaturday, Finnian.

East Maitland Bowling ClubSaturday,The Lamplighters.Sunday,Greg Bryce.

Edgeworth TavernSaturday. Zac and Ben.

FinnegansSaturday, Natalie Sax, Luke La Beat, Lionette.

Gallipoli Legion ClubSunday,Witchery.

Gateshead TavernSunday, Brazillian Brothers Duo.

George TavernSaturday, Shaka.

Grand Junction HotelSunday, Ben Salter.

​Hamilton Station HotelSunday,Hack The Mainframe, Nerdlinger, Them’s Fightin’ Words.

Harrigan’s PokolbinSaturday, Jim Neal, Project X. Sunday, Shaka.

Hexham Bowling ClubSaturday,The Snape Trilogy.

Honeysuckle HotelSaturday,The Search Party.Sunday, Mike Vee, Phonic Duo.

Iron Horse InnSaturday, Soundabout.

Jewells TavernSaturday, R And R.

Kent HotelSaturday, Purple Rain. Sunday, Thread Blues Band.

Lake Macquarie Yacht ClubSunday, Darren Rolling Keys.

Lambton Park HotelSaturday, Compadre Diablo.

Lass O’GowrieSaturday,Red City,Widower.

Lizotte’sSaturday, Bob Starkie.

Lucky HotelSaturday, Cam Hives. Sunday, Brown Bear & Hooves.

Maitland ShowgroundSaturday, Groovin’ The Moo ft.Royal Blood (UK), Portugal. The Man (US), The Amity Affliction, Duke Dumont (UK),Ball Park Music, Paul Kelly, Grinspoon, Amine (US), Public Service Broadcasting (UK),Vera Blue, Flight Facilities, Dean Lewis, Confidence Man, Ocean Alley, Alex Lahey, Winston Surfshirt, Lady Leshurr (UK), Dean Lewis.

Mark HotelSaturday, Jackson Halliday.

Mary EllenSaturday, The Smarts. Sunday, Max Jackson.

Maryland TavernSaturday, Rock OZ.

Mavericks On The BaySaturday, Todd Schmoo. Sunday, Reg Sinclair.

Mavericks On DarbySaturday, The DuoTones.

Mayfield Ex-ServicesSaturday, The Leadbellies.

Metropolitan Hotel MaitlandSaturday, Glamstars.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend DiggersSaturday,Hurricane Fall.Sunday,Todd Schmoo.

Middle Rock Resort One Mile BeachSunday, Cathy Cannon.

Morisset Country ClubSunday, Layth Gunn.

Murray’s BrewerySunday, Holly Mae Wilson.

Nag’s Head HotelSaturday, Pap & That.

Nelson Bay DiggersSaturday,The Levymen. Sunday,Tim Harding.

Nelson Bay Golf ClubSaturday,Daniel Arvidson.

Newcastle Jockey ClubSaturday, Max Jackson.

Newcastle Leagues Club–The VaultSaturday,Once Remained,Heathen Spawn,Halcyon Reign,The Social Norm.

Northern Star HotelSaturday, Jack Evans.

Oaks Pacific Blue ResortSaturday, Jessica Cain.

Paxton Bowling ClubSaturday, Pete Gelzinnis.

Pelican RSL ClubSunday, Troy Kemp.

Pippis At The PointSaturday, Dos Eager. Sunday, Bonny Rai.

Potters BrewerySaturday, Pistol Pete.

Premier HotelSaturday, Tre Soul.Sunday,Melbourne Street.

Prince of Wales HotelSaturday, Bobby C.

Queens Wharf HotelSaturday,The Rumour Trio,Tom Christie.Sunday, Trancemission,Wharf Life.

Raymond Terrace Bowling ClubSunday, Zane Penn.

Royal Federal HotelBranxtonSaturday, Loko.

Royal Hotel SingletonSunday, 2 To The Floor.

Royal Motor Yacht Club TorontoSunday, Nick Read.

Seabreeze HotelSunday, Tim Rossington.

Shenanigans at the ImperialSaturday, Counterpart.

Shoal Bay Country ClubSaturday,Then Jolene,Mental As Anything.Sunday,Hermana,Nicko Solo.

Shortland HotelSaturday, Tim Harding.

South Newcastle Leagues ClubSaturday, Arley Black.

Stag and Hunter HotelSaturday, Josh Needs. Wednesday, The Scullion Sessions withAllan Caswell, Andrew Swift.

Stockton Bowling ClubSaturday, DJ Symon. Sunday, Jim Overend.

Swansea HotelSunday, The Search Party.

Swansea RSLClubSaturday, Whiskey Business Duo.

Swansea Workers ClubSaturday, Moondogs.Sunday, Peter Stefanson.

Tea Gardens HotelSaturday, Bonny Rai.

Tilligerry RSLSaturday, Bernie.

Toronto HotelSunday, Dean Kyrwood.

Toronto WorkersSaturday, Adam Brand, Mardmax.

Victoria Hotel HintonSaturday, Mick Jones. Sunday, Arley Black.

Wangi HotelSunday, Steve Gilmore.

Warners At The BaySaturday, The Years.

Warners Bay HotelSaturday, Big Night Out.

Westfield KotaraSaturday, Just Jade.

Weston WorkersSaturday, All Access 80s.

Wests CardiffSaturday, Cruzers.

Wests New LambtonSaturday,The Rattle.

Wickham Park HotelSaturday, Kim.Sunday, Murph.

Windsor Castle HotelSaturday, Gareth Hudson.

WollombiSaturday, Paddock Sessions ft. Shane Nicholson, This Way North, Joe Mungoven, Vanishing Shapes, Tori Forysth.

MOVIESAvengers: Infinity War(M)The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

A Quiet Place(PG) A family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten their survival.

A Wrinkle In Time(PG)Through one girl’sjourney led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes fromindividuality.

Blockers(MA)Three parents try to stop their daughters from having sex on prom night.

Early Man(PG) Dug and Hognob unite theirtribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth and his Bronze Age City to save their home.

I Feel Pretty(M) Renee desperately wants to be one of the “pretty” girls. After a freak accident during spin class, her dream comes true when she wakes up to a completely new reflection, believing she is now the most beautiful woman in the world.

Peter Rabbit(PG) A rebellious rabbit tries to sneak into a farmer’sgarden.

Phantom Thread(M)Set in 1950s London, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover. (Lake Cinema)

Rampage(M)Based on the1980s video game featuring apes and monsters destroying cities.

Ready Player One(M)When the creator of an MMO called the Oasis dies, he releases a video where he challenges users to find his Easter Egg.

Sherlock Gnomes(G)When Gnomeo and Juliet first arrive in the city, their biggest concern is getting their new garden ready for spring.

Super Troopers 2(MA) When an international border dispute arises between the USand Canada, the Super Troopers are called in to set up a new highway patrol station in the disputed area.

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society(M)A writer forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island in the aftermath of World War II when she decides to write a book about their experiences during the war.

The Mercy(M)The incredible story of amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst and his solo attempt to circumnavigate the globe. (Lake Cinema)

The Shape Of Water(MA)At a top secret research facility in the 1960s, a lonely janitor forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity. (Lake Cinema)

Truth Or Dare(M)Agame of Truth or Dare among friends turns deadly when someone – or something – begins to punish those wholie or refuse the dare.