John and Margaret Bryce get their groove on at St Vinnies Beryl Street store in the lead up to Cooly Rocks On. Photo: Blainey Woodham / Tweed Daily News
John and Margaret Bryce get their groove on at St Vinnies Beryl Street store in the lead up to Cooly Rocks On. Photo: Blainey Woodham / Tweed Daily News Blainey Woodham

Vinnies’ vintage fashion to rock Cooly

CIRCLE skirts, Peek-A-Boo tops, Swing Coats, Swallow dresses, motorcycle jackets and hair gel.

Many of these items will be foreign to the current generation, unless they've had the privilege of attending the annual nostalgia festival Cooly Rocks On, which starts on Friday.

Volunteers at St Vincent de Paul in Beryl St, Tweed Heads, spend months stockpiling 1950s and 60s gear for the influx of sales they experience during the popular Coolangatta and Tweed Heads event.

Margaret and John Bryce are two such volunteers who love being part of the annual old school rock and roll resurgence.

No strangers to busting a move on the dance floor, these rockers look forward to the month of June and the cool vibes it brings to the region.

"This time of year brings back very vivid and cool memories with all the lovely old cars and outfits you start seeing during the next few weeks," Mr Bryce said.

The couple love their dancing year round, hitting local dance floors on a weekly basis, but the festival is the highlight of their year.

"There is a fantastic atmosphere with all the dancing and socialising during the festival period.

"I think it is about our 15th year in a row and we were coming up here even before we moved to the area from Victoria 10 years ago," Mrs Bryce said.

St Vincent de Paul's Beryl St president Jan Parker said staff worked extremely hard to ensure enough stock was in store for festival-goers and the extra money raised maked it all worth it.

"The volunteers have worked so hard over the past few months collecting clothes for Cooly Rocks On and we have lots of sparkles and accessories for sale.

"It has always been a great success for us and it raises extra money to support the needy in the community."


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