Lumsden’s HullaBILLoo

Bill English spending time at his Dipton home. PHOTO: Bart English

Former Prime Minister Bill English will headline a HullaBILLoo in Lumsden next month.

The mid-winter HullaBILLoo, hosted by the Northern Southland Community Swimming Pool Trust, is being billed as a great night out that will help raise money for the operational costs of the swimming pool. 

Mr English will share lighthearted memoirs of his time in politics, and guests can enjoy a supper and live music from local band Elbow Junction.

HullaBILLoo co-organiser Andrew Watson said it was shaping up to be a really great night.

"It just makes for a real good package."

The Pool Trust usually holds fundraisers annually to keep the pool running and cover operational costs. Mr Watson, also Lumsden School principal, said he was speaking with a parent who asked "why not get a speaker in?". From there, Mr Watson approached Mr English to see if he would be interested.

"I'm from Dipton too... I got in touch with him and he was more than happy to come down."

Mr Watson said Southland personality Gerry Forde would be the MC for that part of the evening and host a casual interview-style chat with Mr English.

"We thought there would be some good banter and lightheartedness."

The event might even give people the chance to hear things that they may not have heard on television or read in the papers, he said. Local businesses have also got behind the event by providing the supper and nibbles throughout the night.

Mr Watson hoped people would support the event, catch up with friends and have a fun night out.

"We're encouraging people to be in quick and not miss out."

The event is being held on Saturday, June 30 from 7.30pm at Lumsden Memorial Hall. Tickets costs $45 per person and can be purchased at Lumsden School or Northern Southland College. A courtesy van is available at $5 per couple, cash bar only.


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