April seems to have come and gone so quickly that I have not caught up with it, or myself either. There was firstly, the 60th anniversary of Slim’s recording the Pub on 1st April, and then on the 14th was the story of Slim’s voice being beamed to earth from space by the crew of the Columbia space shuttle, back in 1981. Next came Anzac Day, and I spent time remembering Slim’s Uncle, Sergeant George Kirkpatrick, MM. George fought in Gallipoli, and then in France in the First World War. He was wounded in action in France but mentioned in dispatches and promoted to Sergeant and awarded the Military Medal before being killed by a sniper’s bullet upon his return to active duty. He was only 26 years old.
I hope to tell you more about these stories over the coming weeks. In the meantime, I will be going up to the Slim Dusty Centre in Kempsey for part of Volunteers’ Week which begins on Monday May 8th. What would we, and so very many other organisations and people, do without our volunteers? I always say they are the salt of the earth….truly giving folk.
See you soon,