FORMER Sirens of the Surf were a sight to behold as they travelled from Buss Park to the RSL in vintage cars from their winning year for the inaugural Bundaberg Railway Picnic and Siren of the Surf reunion.

RSL Bundaberg Sub-Branch president Paul Tramacchi organised Saturday's event which began with a performance from the Caledonian Pipe Band and the Bundaberg Municipal Band in Buss Park, entertaining the crowds as they have done for over 50 years at the Railway Picnics.

The picnics, which were held annually at Nielson Park in Bargara from 1922 until 1972, were originally for railway employees and their families, but were gradually opened up to the public after locals would stop by to see what was happening.

Sirens of the Surf started in 1944 as a fundraiser for Prisoners of War and later became the main event of the Railway Picnics.

Following a private afternoon tea at the Christ Church Anglican Church on Saturday, participants were cheered on by supporters as they made their way to the RSL in vintage cars for a special reunion dinner.

More than 20 former Sirens of the Surf winners attended the event including the first Siren Stella McGill from 1944 and last Siren Lyn Hay from 1972.

The event provided an opportunity for some Sirens to meet each other for the very first time and celebrate a part of Bundaberg's history.



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