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Good excuse for a great yarn

There'll be plenty to talk about as the Warwick saleyards celebrates 50 years.
There'll be plenty to talk about as the Warwick saleyards celebrates 50 years. Gerard Walsh

IF EVER there was an excuse to dust off the boots and tell a yarn it would have to be a lunch to celebrate 50 years of action at the Warwick Saleyards.

The Southern Downs Regional Council will celebrate the milestone with a celebratory luncheon at the Kings Theatre on November 17.

Our selling centre was officially opened back on November 13, 1962, by the then-mayor EJ Portley.

Today it is one the major selling centres in south-east Queensland.

The birthday event will be an opportunity for livestock agents, buyers, producers and stockmen to share their stories.

SDRC chair of corporate services Jo McNally said the lunch would be a chance to catch up and reminisce on times past.

"I am sure many will have a story to tell," Cr McNally said.

She said the saleyards had undergone many changes during the past 50 years with improvements to the facilities: The most recent being the new cattle drafting area.

Entertainment at November's lunch will be provided by Marco Gliori, renowned entertainer and one of Australia's premier performers of bush verse. Council will advise when tickets go on sale.

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